Temple Contemporary

We are proud to introduce The Velocity Fund, a Regional Re-granting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts!  This new Philadelphia initiative, is a partnership between Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art and the Warhol Foundation, offering grants up to $5,000 to 10-15 artists or artist teams, with the first round being awarded in September, 2018. Read more about it here!




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    We are pleased to announce that Temple Contemporary was awarded $300,000 by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for the development and implementation for the project, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. Taking place in December 2017, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a visionary composition by David Lang featuring the School District of Philadelphia’s 1,500 broken instruments. The instruments that were used in the concert are currently being repaired, and will be returned to the School District in the fall 2018. For more information, please visit symphonyforabrokenorchestra.org.

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock

    Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art will commission visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock to create new work examining the representation of race in the material culture of toy dolls. From a Black Son to a White Man to a Black Woman and Back Again will present a collection of white dolls that Hancock, an African American male, has collected over the past 20 years, alongside black dolls from the Philadelphia African American Doll Museum, exhibited alongside a new set of dolls he has created based on these two collections. To advance Hancock’s commitment to supporting young adults of color, we have established the Young Curators Council, a paid curatorial mentorship program that will help develop programming that will revolve around this exhibition.

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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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