Temple Contemporary

1 Dec 2016


3711 Melon Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge, courtesy of Temple Contemporary.


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.” Temple Contemporary’s programming is shaped by an advisory council; its members present questions of local relevance and international significance, which form the basis of the organization’s programming. Projects supported by Center grants include Funeral for a Home, which celebrated the life of an individual row home before it was razed, as a response to years of widespread demolition in sections of Philadelphia; and reFORM, an immersive installation by Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio that responded to the closing of dozens of Philadelphia public schools. In 2016, Temple Contemporary received Center support to present Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a new composition by David Lang performed on 1,500 broken instruments gathered from the School District of Philadelphia. A 2017 Center grant supports From a Black Son to a White Man to a Black Woman and Back Again, examining the representation of race in the material culture of toy dolls through an exhibition of dolls and newly commissioned work by artist Trenton Doyle Hancock.