Temple Contemporary

We are pleased to announce that Temple Contemporary has been awarded $300,000 by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for the development and implementation of a new project, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a visionary new composition by David Lang featuring the School District of Philadelphia’s 1,500 broken instruments. This new work will premiere in October 2017, and will be performed by a specially assembled orchestra of 600 musicians comprised of Philadelphia school students and their teachers, amateur and professional musicians from the classical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and improvised music communities in Philadelphia.

Following the performances, Temple Contemporary, in collaboration with Boyer College of Music and instrument repair professionals, will repair all of the fixable instruments and return them back to the School District.  Instrument repair kits will also be installed in every public school offering instrumental music classes, allowing any broken instruments in the future to be repaired.  The Barra Foundation, through a generous grant of $180,000, will fund this second phase of Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.

 

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    Distinguished Alumni Exhibition

    On view now through July 15! Our 2015/16 Distinguished Alumni Mentorship program wraps up with an exhibition of work by Hope Ginsburg (BFA '96) and recent graduate Misha Wyllie (MFA '14). Ginsburg's Breathing on Land: Bay of Fundy takes meditation with scuba gear as a starting point to refocus attention on our bodies, their contexts, and the health of our atmosphere. Ginsburg combines single channel video projection, sound, and still photography to document and explore a Land Dive on the shore of the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tidal rise on the planet. Wyllie's Out to Lunch employs the aesthetics of institutions in order to see their impact on what and why we learn. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Office of the Dean at Tyler School of Art. Image courtesy of Hope Ginsburg

    Distinguished Alumni Exhibition
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    Watch & Listen

    Sit back and veg out while watching short videos documenting some of our past events. From internationally renowned artists and thinkers like Suzanne Lacy, Saskia Sassen, and Latasha Diggs, to some of our more hands-on projects like butter aerobics, ice cream casting and Funeral for a Home - you'll find plenty here.

    Watch & Listen
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    How & Why

    Many of our peer museums and galleries come up with a great idea and then start looking for an audience to come and see it. At Temple Contemporary, we start with the public first! Our programming is designed with the public at the forefront of our process. Learn about how we do it here.

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Temple Contemporary

Our mission is to creatively re-imagine the social function of art. All of our programs are free and open to everyone. More