Moving north

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Temple Gallery is moving to a new location near the Painted Bride in the fall. Slowly but surely, it looks like Old City is moving north, and perhaps soon will merge into Northern Liberties.

The city desperately needs a dense gallery zone, and it’s not yet happening. The kind of day in Chelsea, where an art lover can view a dozen or more shows in one afternoon is still impossible here.

The gallery will be at 259 N. Third Street, between Vine and Race Streets, near the Painted Bride.

Rising rent is the reason for the move, said Ellen Napier, the gallery’s exhibitions coordinator. This issue is sure to hit many of the other galleries, that like Temple are in leased spaces.

Move in date is still a little fuzzy, but once it happens, look for some sort of celebration. The first real exhibit on the schedule is Empathetic, a show of work by 10 international artists on the idea of empathy, curated by a guest curator, Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas was a junior curator for the Carnegie International and also worked at the Walker. Empathetic is part of a series at Temple Gallery by emerging curators invited by Sheryl Conkelton, the director of exhibitions and public programs.

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