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Nov 22, 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

Donlyn Lyndon, one of the original architects of The Sea Ranch—a residential development stretching ten miles along the Northern California Coast—will discuss the history and legacy of this landmark project in ecological planning and architecture.

To celebrate the Chicago launch of the Graham-funded book "City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America" by landscape architectural designer and urban historian Alison Hirsch, Hirsch joins fellow Graham grantee architectural historian Eva J. Friedberg for a discussion about the development and impact of Anna and Lawrence Halrpins’ collaborative workshops.


The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, will launch its inaugural edition in October 2015, entitled "The State of the Art of Architecture." In addition, the first commissioned project will be a photo essay on Chicago by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan.

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.

upcoming performance

L.A.-based collaborative Lucky Dragons imagines Lawrence and Anna Halprins’ workshop-based approach to the creative process as a musical form in a new work created for the Graham Foundation and Lampo.

grantee news

Two pavilions—one by Atelier Manferdini and another by Stamen Design—explore the biennial’s theme of reclaiming the manifesto to catalyze change in architecture and design.

This exhibition examines an extraordinary moment of cross fertilization among photography, planning, and mass media in response to urban change in three major American cities during the 1960s and 70s.

The first exhibition devoted to one of the most innovative projects in post-war modernity in Romanian architecture.

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.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; Atelier Manferdini, view of “Still Life to Living Pictures,” Galata Greek Primary School mezzanine, 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, 2014, Istanbul.