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May 01, 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.


Upcoming Exhibition

This exhibition reveals a link between Chicago’s modernist history and the work of a lost generation of Armenian artisans, whose cross-cultural significance defined one of the twentieth century’s most tragic events.


Please join us on Wednesday, May 18 for a reception and artist talk by Michael Rakowitz to celebrate the opening of our upcoming exhibition, "The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours."


In partnership with the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, the Graham Foundation is pleased to host a lecture by curator and writer Candice Hopkins.

Please join us for a talk by Beatriz Colomina, Graham grantee and curator of the exhibition, "Playboy Architecture, 1953–1979," opening at the Elmhurst Art Museum on May 7.

Grantee News

We’re pleased to announce the 2016 Carter Manny Award winners: Hollyamber Kennedy (Columbia University) is the recipient of the writing award for her dissertation "Welt bildend: Architectures of Security and Infrastructural Modernism in Germany and Beyond, 1848–1952," and Elisabeth Narkin (Duke University) is the winner of the research award for her dissertation "Rearing the Royals: Architecture and the Spatialization of Royal Childhood in France, 1499–1610."

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.

Michael Rakowitz, "The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours," 2015. Installation view, Galata Greek Primary School, 14th Istanbul Biennial. Photos by Sahir Ugur Eren.; Image: Beau Dick, Tsonokwa Mask, 2007 Red cedar, horse hair and acrylic, 78.8 × 66.1 × 35.6 cm.Photo: National Gallery of Canada.; Artist unattributed, photograph of Herman Sörgel with Atlantropa propaganda and maps, 1933, Munich, Germany. Courtesy of the Sörgel-Archiv, Das Deutsches Museum, Munich.