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May 29, 2016

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

This exhibition deploys fin de siècle Istanbul’s architectural remains as a counternarrative to the city’s rich multiethnic historical development.

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.


Koldo Lus Arana will discuss his recent research on the interactions between comics and architecture—both from a historical perspective and exploring current overlaps. This lecture is presented in partnership with MAS Context.

"Reducing the Tempo to Zero" is Ben Vida’s new long-form composition for four vocalists and electronics. As an investigation of presentness, RtTtZ is designed to illuminate the “now” as an ever-changing point of multiple durations and potentialities.

Inspired by our current exhibition, Esra Akan will discuss unordinary acts of architectural history and preservation that bear witness to the power of transversal dialogues against the absences created by historical violence.

Grantee News

The new grants support 59 innovative projects by individuals from around the world that chart new territory in the field of architecture.

This survey exhibition of one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century, Roberto Burle Marx, displays his wide-ranging design and artistic output, and is the first US-based survey exhibition of his work in twenty-five years.

View of Michael Rakowitz, "The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours," 2016, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo by: RCH | EKH.; Image courtesy of Massimiliano Donati; Aki Nagasaka, Project T, T for Taut, more; François Dallegret, "Palais Métro," 1967, Montreal, Canada. From the 2016 Individual Grant to François Dallegret for "The World Upside-Down."