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Feb 20, 2018

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.



This new installation and performance series is currently being developed by Graham Foundation performance artist in residence Brendan Fernandes and features collaborations with Norman Kelley and the Joffrey Academy of Dance.


In the first Lampo of the 2018 season, the analog-digital duo Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler will premiere  "Prediction Control Allocation"— a three-part improvisation and a new performance strategy, with each section exploring a different musical form.

Join us for a performance related to our current exhibition, featuring dancers from the Joffrey Academy of Dance. The durational performance will activate the installation, designed in collaboration with Norman Kelley.

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The current round of Grants to Organizations is open. The deadline to apply is February 25, 2018.


"Structures: Perspectives," "Siting Rikers' Replacements," and "Retrofit for Fairness" are the February entries on Urban Omnibus' series The Location of Justice. The yearlong series of features on Urban Omnibus, the Architectural League's online magazine, examines the physical dimensions of the criminal-justice system, the spaces it occupies and transforms, and its role as a critical piece of urban infrastructure.

"Apostle and Apostate: Josef Frank’s Modernist Vision" is the latest post on Places Journal Future Archive. Future Archive is a series consisting of the digital republication of significant but neglected twentieth-century articles on architecture, landscape, and urbanism, with each installment selected, introduced, and contextualized by a prominent scholar.

Four decades of artist Robert Irwin’s work—site-determined outdoor environmental projects—are explored in this comprehensive exhibition of his drawings and architectural models.


This exhibition explores the endangered architectural heritage of Adjara’s Muslim communities, looking specifically at their wooden mosques. This unique architecture flourished in the decades between Ottoman rule and the rise of Soviet power. Currently on view at Contemporary Art Space Batumi, Georgia.

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.

This project examines the artist’s groundbreaking impact on rethinking architecture after the fall of modernism’s urban utopia and demonstrates, through a distinctive exhibition and accompanying publication, the unique role of the Bronx in both his artistic development and sociopolitical engagement.

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.

; ; From "Wooden Mosques: Islamic Architectural Heritage in Adjara, Georgia." Courtesy of Suzanne Harris‐Brandts and Angela Wheeler.