The Reform Project at Temple Contemporary

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.

The exhibition will remain open to the public from August 28th, 2015 to May 20th, 2016. A series of free public programs surrounding themes of education will also take place inside the installation.

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.

Tyler School of Art, Room B85
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122