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Aug 30, 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 examines the work of Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji through the collection of his original photographs and building documents held at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to our public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.


Please join us for a reception and talk by curator Mark Waisuta to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, "Every Building in Baghdad: The Rifat Chadirji Archives at the Arab Image Foundation."

This presentation will examine the critical encounters that took place in mid-twentieth-century Baghdad, between native architects including Rifat Chadirji and some of Modernism's most renowned figures.

Grantee News

Thirty-one projects by organizations from around the world including major museum retrospectives, site-specific commissions, art and architecture biennials, and provocative journals and publications.

Call for Applications

To apply for an individual grant, applicants must submit an Inquiry Form—the first stage of a two-stage application process. The online Inquiry Form will be available on our website from August 15 until the deadline on September 15, 2016.
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Rifat Chadirji, IRQ/331/026: E. Abboud Building, Baghdad, 1955. Photographic paste-ups, 8.27” × 11.69”. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation; Rifat Chadirji, 741 Signs and Advertisements, 10-78-161-4: Decoration for Tammuz month (July) celebrating the revolution and the birth of the Baath party, 1978. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation.; Marshall Brown Projects, Dequindre Civic Academy, 2016. Towards a Coordinate Unit, handmade collage on inkjet print, 40x50 inches. Speculative project spanning Detroit’s Dequindre Cut greenway seen in The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition for the US Pavilion, 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 2016, Venice. Courtesy of the artist.