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Oct 06, 2015

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.


Current Exhibition

The first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten, this exhibition spans nearly five decades of the artist’s ongoing engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form and explores her expansive photographic practice as it has developed through the lens of architecture, sculpture, painting, theater, and textile.


In conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, "Barbara Kasten: Stages" Graham grantee Alex Kitnick will explore the critical stakes of Kasten's photographic series from the 1980s that artfully staged important works of American architecture.


The Graham Foundation is proud to be a Presenting Partner of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Titled "The State of the Art of Architecture" after a provocative 1977 conference held at the Graham Foundation, the biennial explores how groundbreaking advances in architecture are tackling the most pressing issues of today.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, the Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications by Graham Foundation grantees and titles that relate to the foundation's public program of exhibitions and talks, as well as new, historically significant, and hard-to-find publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.

Grantee News

We’re pleased to announce this year's Carter Manny Award winners for dissertation research and writing: Jesse Lockard (University of Chicago) and Vanessa Grossman (Princeton University), whose projects on architect Yona Friedman and the design of postwar urban France, respectively, will significantly impact the field.

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing and research on architecture. The application deadline is November 15, 2015.

Presented in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this first comprehensive survey of David Adjaye examines the distinctive style of the architect’s work, which addresses local concerns within a global context.

Photo-documentation of Barbara Kasten installing the exhibition "Centric 2: Barbara Kasten, Installation/Photographs", University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, 1982. Courtesy of the artist and the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; Jacques Kalisz, Jean Perrottet (Atelier d’urbanisme et architecture, AUA), with Miroslav Kostanjevac and Richard Slama, Administrative center (1962-73), Pantin, France. Photo: Gérard Guillat. Courtesy of Fonds Kalisz. SIAF/Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine/Archives d'architecture du XXe siècle.