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Dec 15, 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.


This new installation and performance series is currently being developed by Graham Foundation performance artist in residence Brendan Fernandes.

Graham News

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.

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


The career of the pioneering designer Muriel Cooper, whose work spanned media from printed book to software interface. New from the MIT Press.

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.

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 exhibition investigates the architectural history of Bangladesh. Conceived as a "learning from" experience, it is an invitation to contemplate and discuss architecture, and to encourage a cultural exchange. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

The exhibition, currently on view at the Center for Architecture in New York, reveals a significant body of Judd's work in architecture from 1984 to 1994.

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.

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, with other screenings scheduled in New York, St. Louis, and in the Golden Rondelle, Racine, Wisconsin.

Issue 14, "Toxic Atmospheres," is the latest issue of The Funambulist magazine. Through its six annual issues, the magazine attempts to examine the politics of design in relation to the body. Each issue is dedicated to a particular topic involving a particular scale of design: urbanism, architecture, industrial, and fashion design are thus mobilized without any hierarchy between them.

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.; Zarina Hossain, Shuktara Nature Retreat, Khadimnagar, Sylhet. Copyright: Iwan Baan.