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Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Oct 02, 2014

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

In the late 1960s, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity. This exhibition presents archival documentation of the workshops to the public for the first time.

Upcoming Events

Writer and curator Justin McGuirk will discuss his new Graham-funded book about social and activist architecture and urbanism in cities across Latin America.

For the fall Lampo premiere, Rene Hell presents a new work that draws from years of recorded sounds collected in cities across the U.S. and were then shaped using various digital techniques.


The City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation are partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to present an international forum on architecture and the designed environment in Fall 2015. Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation, and Joseph Grima will be Co-Artistic Directors.

Congratulations to all our grantees participating in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

grantee news

This symposium explores the growing interest among curators of historic modern homes to engage artists to re-imagine significant works of architecture as active sites for new work.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-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.

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Logo, Chicago Architecture Biennial.; Bryony Roberts, Inverting Neutra, installation view, 2013, Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artist.