Who We Are

Robert Blackson, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Robert Blackson founded Temple Contemporary in 2011. He has been the Director of Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs since 2011.  In 2012, Blackson became an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Previously serving as Curator of Public Programs at Nottingham Contemporary, the UK’s newest public contemporary art center, Blackson worked with numerous universities, artists, and writers to develop an eclectic and discursive program of lectures, screenings, performances, and live events. Prior to joining Nottingham Contemporary, Blackson was curator of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK. Here, at the UK's largest non-collecting contemporary art gallery, Blackson developed exhibitions with numerous international artists including Sarah Sze, Shahryar Nashat, and Matt Stokes. Before moving to BALTIC, Blackson was curator at the University of Sunderland's Reg Vardy Gallery. As curator of this university contemporary art gallery for over four years, Blackson initiated a public art program, international publishing house, and numerous solo exhibitions with artists such as Jimmie Durham, Minerva Cuevas, Christoph Büchel, Brian Chippendale, Julianne Swartz, Anthony McCall, Harry Smith, and Big Chief of the Yellow Pocahontas Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, Darryl Montana. Blackson has contributed to a variety of catalogues and publications, including Art JournalCabinet, and Labyrinth, and he has lectured internationally on issues related to contemporary art practice. He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. 


Adam Blumberg, Exhibitions Technician

Adam began working for the Exhibitions and Public Programs Department at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in 2010.  Prior to his arrival, he was a preparator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  He has also worked as a free-lance preparator and art handler at numerous institutions, some of which include the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the National Constitution Center and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Adam received his MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard College, New York and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.  From 2004 - 2005, Adam participated in the Research Program at the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan.  His own work has been exhibited in England, Germany and Japan in addition to the United States.