Michael Prokopow, curator of Toronto's Design Exchange, has been named managing director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Theinstitute has a mandate to add contemporary voices to exhibits at the venerable museum and to explore modern cultural issues.

Prokopow takes over the role on Nov. 12 and succeeds Kelvin Browne, who was named executive director of marketing and commercial development for the ROM in July, the museum announced in a news release on Thursday.

Born and raised in Victoria and with a PhD in history from Harvard University, Prokopow isa faculty member at Ryerson University, where he teaches courses in visual culture and cultural and communications theory.

Healso teaches atthe school of architecture, landscape and design at the University of Toronto.

As Design Exchange curator since 2004, he has developed exhibits featuring Canadian industrial design and lectured on issues of taste and contemporary consumerism.

Theinstitute recently brought to the ROM the photo exhibit Darfur/Darfur and an exhibit of work by eight contemporary aboriginal artists, Shapeshifters, Time Travellers and Storytellers.