Artists, Lectures and Programs

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Office Chair Relay Race – Wednesday, September 4, 3pm, Temple Contemporary. Get your teams together now for a place in the winners circle!!  Temple Contemporary hosts the 7th annual Office Chair Relay Race at 3pm.  John Jarboe from The Bearded Ladies Cabaret will be emceeing this year. Glide to the beat of the Temple Marching Band’s Drum CorpsLittle Baby’s Ice Cream will cool you down after you float across the finish line.

Annual Bike Tune-ups and Bike Sale – Thursday, September 5, 11am-4pm, Temple Contemporary. In partnership with Temple’s Office of Sustainability, drop your bike off starting at 10:30am for a free tune-up provided by Cycles, Temple’s friendly neighborhood bike shop.  First come first serve, first 20 bikes received.  Temple’s Office of Sustainability will be selling a slew of refurbished bikes – proceeds benefit the work they do to help Temple stay green.  And to support campus safety, Philadelphia bike maps will be given to every one of today’s visitors.

Nick Cave in conversation with Sonya Clark – Wednesday September 11, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. Nick Cave is the 2019 Wolgin Visiting Artist. Cave is predominantly recognized for his creation of “Soundsuits”—surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture—that originated as metaphorical suits of armor in response to the Rodney King beatings and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment. Cave has exhibited his work at numerous venues including Springfield Art Museum, Harvard Business School, Park Avenue Armory, and MASS MoCA. As the 2019 Wolgin Visiting Artist, Cave will be on hand as a resource for students, faculty, and class visits between September 11 through Friday the 13th.  If you would like to book an hour with Nick Cave please fill in the registration googledoc here.  Click here to book your seat at his, “In Conversation” event with Sonya Clark on Wednesday, September 11 at 6pm.  A reception will follow the conversation.

Transversal Poetics: A Talkformance by Urayoán Noel” – Thursday September 12, 5pm, Temple Contemporary. Sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program Poets & Writers Series, Urayoán Noel will conduct a poetry reading of recent work.  Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel is the author of numerous poetry collections and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and CantoMundo. He is an associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU. Click here to register.

Velocity Fund award reception – Monday September 16, 6pm.Cherry Street Pier 121 North Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Celebrate the 14 Philadelphia artists receiving a 2019 Velocity Award at this catered reception.  Each awardee will give a short presentation about their funded projects and how they anticipate these projects will impact Philadelphia communities.  The Velocity Fund is an Andy Warhol Regional Re-granting Program administered and organized by Temple Contemporary. Click here to celebrate by reserving your place.

Ronny Quevedo – Thursday September 19, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. For the past two months we have been working with NY-based, Ecuadorian artist Ronny Quevedo to make a new floor installation in Temple Contemporary inspired by our Advisory Council’s question “What is Play?”  Play on it tonight! Ronny’s talk is organized in partnership with Tyler’s Art History Program.  Click here to reserve your seat.

Temple Law Asylum Project, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Linh Nguyen and Bryan Satalino – Monday September 23, 5pm, Temple Contemporary. Our southern border is currently in crisis due in large part to unrest in Central American countries, and migrants seeking asylum from terrible conditions back home. Seeking asylum is no easy task, and these migrants often fail in their efforts due to being completely uninformed about the process. One incredibly important part of the asylum application process is providing evidence that they are in imminent danger in the country they are a citizen of. Temple School of Law students (Temple Law Asylum Project or TLAP), under the guidance of Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Linh Nguyen, are working with our undergraduate students in Graphic & Interactive Design under the leadership of Bryan Satalino to provide a platform for disseminating this evidence in the form of local and national news stories, official statements, and other reportage. Click here to register your participation in tonight’s introduction to their collaborative process.

Cannupa Hanska Luger, Something to Hold Onto – Tuesday September 24, 6pm (and workshops through September 26), Temple Contemporary. Cannupa Hanska Luger is an indigenous contemporary artist and activist, working primarily in craft media and performance. While in residence at Temple Contemporary Hanska Luger will be responding to Temple Contemporary’s Advisory Council question, “Who gets counted?” by working with our visitors and in ceramics workshops on the creation of Something To Hold Onto. This new work is the second project inCannupa Hanska Luger’s Counting Coup series which aims to utilize social collaboration to re-humanize large and abstract data through the process of creating handmade objects. In response to the number of Indigenous bodies found along the US/Mexico border since the 1990s, hundreds of communities across the US and Mexico will create 7,000 1″ unfired clay beads that will be strung together in a monumental installation, for an eventual display in the Mesa Art Center in Arizona. Evening and daytime workshops are available, please see Temple Contemporary staff if you would like to register. Click here to add to the project by reserving your seat at Cannupa’s lecture.

Piotr Szyhalski, THEM – Wednesday October 2, 6pm (and workshops through October 2), Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with the Printmaking Program, Piotr Szhalski will be printing and parading his monumental THEM. A faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Szyhalski provokes discourse on complex contemporary social issues through the use of a huge hand-built public-access letterpress printer that people can use to construct their own propaganda.  This printing press will be on-hand throughout the fall semester and available for workshops, Monday, September 30 – Wednesday, October 2.  Come along by clicking here.

Svetlana Mintcheva, Cancel-Culture: Can Free Speech Survive the Onslaught of Moral Outrage? – Thursday October 3, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. In partnership with Art History, Svetlana Mintcheva (Director of programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship) will discuss the following: Private museums, galleries and publishers as well as social media platforms are, by definition, outside the realm of First Amendment law. They can censor at will. And pressures for them to do so are growing. Many of these pressures come from the liberal left, whose traditional support for free speech is wavering.  They are fueled by a rise in political discontent, which manifests as moral outrage. Social media, with their unprecedented mobilizing powers amplify and give traction to outrage campaigns. And, since the quick-gratification logic of clicktivism does not allow for depth of engagement, nuance, experimentation and ambiguity become liabilities. Which may explain the paradox that the targets of moral outrage are often on the same side politically as the outraged. Artists and writers are sometimes intimidated into pulling their own work from public view and cultural institutions are yielding to the pressure of protesters – and censoring. But they don’t need to: they can – and must – stay true to the responsibility to provide an open space for difficult or controversial art while also demonstrating their recognition of the legitimacy and importance of political discontent.  This would also give artists support, courage and conviction to avoid self-censorship. Click here to reserve your seat in this important discussion.

Puzzle party with Mike Olenick – Monday October 7, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. In response to Temple Contemporary Advisory Council’s question, “What is Play?” we have invited puzzle pro Mike Olenick to Tyler where we’ll be doing puzzles, LOTS of puzzles. In addition to be an avid Puzzler, Mike Olenick makes perverse films focused on photography, forbidden desire, reproduction, transformation, and memories. His work has streamed on MUBI and as a Vimeo Staff Pick, played on Dutch TV, and won awards at the Slamdance Film Festival (Best Experimental Short), Chicago Underground Film Festival (Best Looking Film), Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Big Muddy Film Festival. Recently his films have screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Click here to join the party.

Harry Gamboa – Monday October 14, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with Tyler’s Foundation program Harry Gamboa will be visiting Tyler to discuss his current work.  Gamboa is an artist, writer, and educator who founded and directed the performance troupe Virtual Vérité (2005-2017) and was previously the co-founder of LA based performance group Asco (1972-1985). Gamboa interprets, complicates, and critiques the urban Chicano experience through humor, satire, and performance. Gamboa recently published Xoloitzuintli Doppelgänger and other stories, a fictional exploration of 21st century urban life. He works primarily in photo and performance, using absurdism + science fiction to reflect on the Chicano experience in LA. Click here to register.

Miguel Luciano – Thursday, October 17, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist born in Puerto Rico and working in New York, whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice, and migration. In response to the recent tragedies and demand for political accountability in Puerto Rico, Luciano will be displaying a selection of works and documentation in Temple Contemporary.  Luciano is currently an inaugural Civic Engagement Resident at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He has exhibited his work extensively at arts organizations and museums across the United States including The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Taller Boricua, and the Sugar Hill Childrens Museum. Click here to reserve your seat.

Breanne Trammell – Tuesday, October 22, 6pm (and workshops Friday, October 18 – Tuesday 22), Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with the Printmaking Program Breanne Trammell will be at Tyler creating a Tyler School or Art and Architecture school-wide cookbook.  Consisting of recipes from students, faculty and staff, Trammell will create the design of the cookbook and work with the Temple Contemporary Risograph team to print multiple copies.  The costumed dance-party launch for our cookbook will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd complete with foods featured in the cookbook. Click here to join the party

Michèle Pearson Clarke – Thursday October 24, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with Tyler’s Fibers and Material Studies and Photography programs, Michèle Pearson Clarke, a Trinidad born artist, based in Toronto, who works in film, video, and installation will be offering an evening lecture. Pearson Clarke’s work explores the personal and political of longing and loss. In a social practice project, Clarke hosted a series of public conversations, readings, and workshops with Mercer Unionfaculty members about transformative justice. An early work titled Black Men and Me is an experimental documentary where a woman explores her complicated relationship with men as a Trinidadian dyke, in a barbershop. Clarke’s recent work, A Welcome Weight On My Body, depicts black domesticity, family, and intimacy as the artist tries to rectify the historical problematic relationship between photography and blackness. Pearson Clarke will be participating in a residency with graduate students in Fibers and Material Studies and Photography from October 23 – October 25. Click here to register for the evening lecture on October 24.

Grad School 101 – Tuesday, October 29th • 3:30pm-4:30pm, Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex

Personal Statement Workshop – Wednesday, October 30th • 3:00pm-4:00pm, Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex

David Leatherbarrow – Wednesday October 30, 5pm, Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, Dr. Leatherbarrow will be lecturing on his current practice and its relation to art and architecture. Dr. Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, where he has taught since 1984. Dr. Leatherbarrow’s books include Topographical Stories; Surface Architecture (with Mohsen Mostafavi); Uncommon Ground, Roots of Architectural InventionOn Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time; Masterpieces of Architectural Drawing. Click here to register.

Applying to Law School Panel – Thursday, October 31st • 3:30pm-4:50 pm, Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex

1000 Ways to Listen – Saturday November 2, 4pm, Girard College Armory, 2101 S. College Avenue. Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Temple Contemporary has commissioned theater artists 600 HIGHWAYMEN, to create the multiyear performance project 1000 Ways to Listen.  2019’s Day of Listening will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 4pm. One thousand Philadelphians from across the city will engage one another in an hour-long conversation as a growing and empathetic movement to listen to someone they would have otherwise never met. To participate in this performance, click here.

Temple Professional Schools Panel – Monday, November 4th • 3:00pm-4:30pm, Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex

GRE Strategy Session – Tuesday, November 5th • 3:30pm-4:30pm, Kiva Auditorium, Ritter Hall Annex

Laurie Olin – Tuesday November 5, 5pm, Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with Tyler’s Landscape Architecture Program, Laurie Olin will be speaking tonight about some of his most signature projects. Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon. Click here to register for the lecture.

Grad School Resource Fair – Wednesday, November 6th • 1:00pm-4:00pm, Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 200

Temple Law Asylum Project, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Linh Nguyen and Bryan Satalino – Monday November 11, 5pm, Temple Contemporary. Following on from a semester’s worth of collaboration we will be regrouping with students from the Beasley School of Law and Tyler’s Graphic & Interactive Design program to see how far they have come in realizing their goal to support asylum seekers entering the US. Click here to be apart of the discussion.

Jason Patterson – Tuesday November 12, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. In collaboration with Temple’s Blockson Collection and Tyler’s Printmaking Program, Jason Patterson will be immersing himself in a semester long research program of the Underground Railroad along Maryland’s shore. Tonight, he will be sharing with us the work he has made at Tyler in response to this research.  Patterson is most known for making figurative pastel drawings based on archived images. Through an intensive research-based process, Patterson represents African American historical and social narratives and connects them to contemporary circumstances. For example, a recent body of work reflects on the 25 years since the beating of Rodney King. Patterson considers himself a historian and academic who paints instead of writes. Click here to register.

Tyler Family Meal of Thanks – Monday November 18, 1:00pm, Temple Contemporary. All of Tyler School of Art and Architecture is invited as we dig in for our Annual Tyler Meal of Thanks. There will be turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie, and vegan options galore – with a special musical guest! No need to register for this one. Come one, come all, come hungry!

FulFill micro-granting meal – Thursday November 21, 6pm, Temple Contemporary. Fulfill is a micro-granting initiative inspired by community-based organizations such as Sunday Soup and Philly Stake. For a $20-30 donation you will be served a delicious, locally sourced meal in dishware made by the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Ceramics and Glass Programs, with napkins created by the Fibers & Material Studies Program. All of the money raised will be evenly re-granted to three non-profit organizations (TBD). Register here to reserve your seat now!