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Denise Levertov, “The Illustration,” The Jacob's Ladder (NY: New Directions, 1961).

Previous Exhibits

Free and open to the public, from 10 am to 4 pm weekdays at CHAT, 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W Berks St., Philadelphia, PA. For inquiries, call CHAT at 215/204-6386 or email CHAT@temple.edu.

Spring 2013

Figure on horseback flying above the earthPainting Story of the Floating Desert: Contemporary Indian Miniatures from Jhalavad, India

These miniatures by Vijay Chauhan tell stories of the ancient kingdom of Jhalavad, in what is now the province of Gujarat, India. The images are based on the region's rich genealogical, bardic and storytelling traditions. The exhibit is curated by Jayasinhji Jhala and Anabelle Rodriguez.

M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall
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Historical poster of Black Panther with raised fistFall 2012

Power to the People: Incarceration Imagery and the Black Panther Party

This exhibition of art and ephemera on the theme of mass incarceration in America is curated by Professor Jennifer Zarro's honors students in the Tyler School of Art. All material is courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.

August 27, 2012—December 18, 2012
M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall
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Porcelain ButterflyJessica Rowe, Curator

Excavating Desire:
Tastes and Tablewares in
Early to Mid-19
th-Century Philadelphia

August 27, 2012—December 18, 2012
M-F, 10-4:00 pm,
CHAT Gallery,

10th floor, Gladfelter Hall (more...)

Illuminating the rise of an industrial disposable consumer culture, Excavating Desire examines tastes and tablewares used in two middle- class households during the early to mid-nineteenth century. The exhibition highlights two important archaeological collections housed in the Temple Anthropology Lab.

Winner of the 2010 CHAT Curator Award, Jessica Rowe is a PhD student in historical archaeology.

Detail of a woman dancing in an outdoor  religious celebration in an urban Philadelphia neighborhood.John W. Mosley

Reflections in Black:
A Photographic Celebration of African American Life

In images of the famous and unknown, John W. Mosley (1907-1969) captured the distinctive culture of Philadelphia's African American community at mid-century. This exhibition is presented by the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

September 6, 2011—June 30, 2012
M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall

Flag imageAmadeo Lasansky


A study of flags as complex visual spaces. Amadeo Lasansky is a photographer living in New York city.

January 18—May 12, 2011
M-F, 10 am-4 pm, CHAT Gallery
10th floor, Gladfelter Hall (more... )

Detail from "Seven Generations" ExhibitionAvishai Mekonen

Seven Generations

A vivid photographic exploration of the lives of Ethiopian Jews living in Israel.

Avishai Mekonen is a filmmaker and photographer who emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in 1984 as part of Operation Moses.  In 2001 he emigrated again, this time to New York City, where he currently lives.

Tuesday, August 31—Thursday, January 13, 2011
M-F, 10 am-4 pm
CHAT Gallery, 10th floor, Gladfelter Hall

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Infiorate imageMartha Madigan


Jan. 19 — July 1, 2010
CHAT Gallery
10th floor of Gladfelter Hall
M-F, 10 am — 4 pm l

Italian streets and piazzas are embellished by elaborate flower carpets during this annual festival.

Martha Madigan is Professor of Photography in Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

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Woman lost in a crowdSherrie Nickol


Sept. 3 — Jan. 31, 2010
CHAT Gallery
10th floor of Gladfelter Hall
M-F, 10 am — 4 pm

Sherrie Nickol searches for the interconnection between groups of people and their surroundings. The emotional interaction among the subjects that populate these places is central to this body of work. Nickol’s insightful photographs lead her viewers to a larger understanding of the meaning of ‘crowds.’

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Detail from exhibitionDavid Katzenstein

Islam in Africa: A Pligrimage to Touba, Senegal

Jan. 30 — May 1, 2009
CHAT Gallery
10th floor of Gladfelter Hall
M-F, 10 am — 4 pm

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October 2008 — February 2010

Glorious Commerce: Exhibitionary Strategies of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum, 1893-1926

Commerical Museum imageIn 1893 University of Pennsylvania professor William Wilson founded the Philadelphia Commercial Museum and built a collection including most of the objects from the World’s Fairs’ displays.  The Museum had two goals: to help American businesses prevail in foreign markets; and to impress upon the general public that commercial expansion was a lucrative alternative to military imperialism.

To meet these goals, Wilson’s exhibition strategy arranged objects either according to type or region of production, strategies meant to explain both what was available for purchase and where objects could be bought and sold.

Wilson believed that by cultivating markets in underdeveloped regions, he could widen the United States’ sphere of influence. Each of the cases in Glorious Commerce reflect one of Wilson’s exhibitionary strategies in order to highlight the role of museum collection and display in the discursive production of “other” places and cultures.

Glorious Commerce includes materials from both the Temple Anthropology Lab’s permanent collection and the Philadelphia City Archives. CHAT would like to thank Jessica Winegar, Gordon Gray, Muriel Kirkpatrick, and Brooke Bocast of Temple’s Anthropology department for displaying the exhibit in our lounge. 



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