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Oct 20, 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

Curator Zoë Ryan will discuss the making of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, which explores the manifesto as a catalyst for critical thinking.

Graham Foundation grantee Susan Herrington will discuss her new book, "Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape," and will be joined by Oberlander for this special book launch and talk.


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.

On October 18-19, we are pleased to participate in Open House Chicago, a free public event organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across the city.

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

grantee news

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.; Logo, Chicago Architecture Biennial.; Sorin Istudor, Neon Canteen, 2011, Eforie Nord Resort, Romania. Courtesy of the artist.