600 Highwaymen, "The Fever," 2017. Photo courtesy 600 Highwaymen.
Temple Contemporary, "Funeral for a Home," 2014. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Stockbridge.
Installation view of Temple Contemporary's reFORM, in collaboration with Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
Installation view of Temple Contemporary's reFORM exhibition, 2015. Photo by Constance Mensh.
Wall installation of broken instruments from Philadelphia schools, Temple Contemporary. Photo by Haley Adair.
David Lang, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, 2017, presented by Temple Contemporary. Photo by Karl Seifert.
Composite image of dolls by artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Photo courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
3711 Melon Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Photo by Patrick Grossi, courtesy of Temple Contemporary.
Young Great Society members painting a home, 1979. Photo courtesy of Temple University Special Collections Research Center.
Part of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Temple Contemporary’s mission is “to creatively re-imagine the social function of art,” with programming that is shaped by an advisory council which presents questions of local relevance and international significance. Projects supported by Center grants include Funeral for a Home, a response to years of widespread demolition in sections of Philadelphia; reFORM, an immersive installation addressing the closing of dozens of Philadelphia public schools, created by Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio; and Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a new composition by David Lang performed on over 1,000 broken instruments gathered from the School District of Philadelphia. A 2017 project, From a Black Son to a White Man to a Black Woman and Back Again, examines the representation of race in the material culture of toy dolls. A 2018 Project grant has supported 1000 Ways to Listen, a multi-year performance project, led by theater company 600 HIGHWAYMEN, bringing together 1,000 Philadelphians in 500 private homes to ask each other the question, “Are we listening?”