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Temple Contemporary

Temple Contemporary’s mission is to creatively reimagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance. Our programming is determined by a thirty-five member advisory council representing a broad spectrum of Philadelphia. 

We engage with these questions the way two people of mutual respect enter a conversation.  Therefore, there is no way of knowing when or how our commitment to these questions will end.  It is a process of becoming.  The extent of the public’s participation in these questions (determined by audience feedback, web hits, discussions) is the deciding factor of how long we continue to address a question through public programming.  By forcing ourselves into a public position of service to these questions it has necessitated a fundamental power shift. This re-ordering of conventional gallery values necessitates a foregrounding of curatorial accountability, reciprocity, and exchange that forms the basis of Temple Contemporary’s social life, and by extension, our social values.