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Oct 22, 2017

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.



The Graham Foundation is pleased to present 'in the forest,' a newly commissioned multi-part installation by artist David Hartt. This project will coincide with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Moshe Safdie will give a talk in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the architect’s design for Habitat ’67 in Montreal. This talk coordinates with the Graham’s presentation of 'David Hartt: in the forest.'

UrbanLab will present their new Graham funded book, Bowling: Water, Architecture, Urbanism , which investigates the symbiotic relationships between architectures of quality and infrastructures of quantity in Chicago, New York, and the Sun Belt.

Architect, artist, and designer Allan Wexler discusses his multi-scalar, multi-media work across a 45-year career. Allan reveals a curious, comedic, and analytical mind, offering new strategies for examining and reevaluating basic assumptions about our relationship to the built and natural environments.

Graham News

Congratulations to all of our grantees and program participants featured in 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Please join us at the Chicago Architecture Biennial where we will have a satellite of the Graham Foundation Bookshop from September 16, 2017-January 7, 2018.


This exhibition brings together two modernist houses in Los Angeles and Mexico City via the exchange of narrative texts, industrial objects, and installations by contemporary architects/artists, as the exhibition grapples with questions about architectural space, mass production, and domesticity within the legacy of modernism.

This new exhibition at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel reactivates the architectural ornament as a source material for a sculptural environment that explores the various histories of Modernism in the Middle East.

The exhibition features site-responsive installations in critical dialogue with the design heritage of Columbus and programs for the community, students, families, and visitors.


In the 1960s, a visionary American scientist and a team of experts set out to develop a domed metropolis that would eradicate the waste of urban living. The documentary film premieres at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival in partnership with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

An exhibition of original photographs, film, high-quality reproductions, and interactive software reconstructions examines the formative period of numerical control and computer-aided design technologies in research labs between 1949 and 1976, and traces its links to present architectural design languages.

Presented within the singular architecture of the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the first US-based off-site exhibition, organized by Palais de Tokyo in partnership with Institut Français and EXPO CHICAGO, showcases emerging artists both from France’s and Chicago’s art scenes, exploring the dialogue between contemporary art and architecture.

Challenging art, architecture, work, and play, this tree-top installation by the Chapuisat Brothers is entered by crawling through a tunnel inside the galleries of 6018North. This project is presented in partnership with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

David Hartt, "Carolina I," 2017, archival pigment print mounted to Dibond, print size 36 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey and commissioned by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.; Image: View of the Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Madlener House designed by Ania Jaworska, Chicago. Photo Assaf Evron.; Staff photo, rural residents protest the proposed Minnesota Experimental City, 1973, Anoka, MN. Courtesy of the Minneapolis Tribune.