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 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 created an art project inside a Tyler School of Art classroom which incorporates objects gathered from the closed Fairhill School building.
The exhibition is currently closed. reForm remained open to the public from August 28th, 2015 to May 20th, 2016. A series of free public programs surrounding themes of education will also took place inside and outside of the installation.
Major support for reForm was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Surdna Foundation.