In 2013, two-dozen Philadelphia schools were shuttered by city authorities in an effort to close a budget deficit. In response to these closings, Temple Contemporary has commissioned artist Pepón Osorio to create a new installation specifically addressing the loss of the Fairhill Elementary School in North Philadelphia, not far from Temple University.
Osorio, in collaboration with a group of teachers, students, parents, and neighbors have created an art project inside a Tyler School of Art classroom which incorporates objects gathered from the closed Fairhill School building.
Pepón Osorio is a Latino artist. He was educated at the Universidad Inter-Americana, Puerto Rico, Lehman College, and graduated from Columbia University with an MA in 1985.
Major support for reForm has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Surdna Foundation.