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Jan 19, 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.


Please join us for a opening performance and reception with Brendan Fernandes, Norman Kelley, and dancers from the Joffrey Academy of Dance on January 25, 2018 from 6–8:00 p.m.

Architect Jaffer Kolb, presents a talk about Graham funded Log 41, which observes the state of architecture today and features a special section called "Working Queer."

Please join us for a performance featuring dancers from the Joffrey Academy of Dance followed by a conversation between Brendan Fernandes and Zachary Whittenburg.

Curator Hendrik Folkerts presents a talk in relationship to "Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form."

Graham News

This year brought exciting collaborations, innovative grantmaking, and the realization of 96 diverse and boundary pushing grantee projects in the form of exhibitions, publications, films, performances, research, and site-specific installations.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

; Frida Escobedo, installation view of "Tu casa es mi casa," Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, 2017, Los Angeles. Photo: Adam Wiseman From the 2016 organizational grant to Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design for "Tu casa es mi casa"; Zarina Hossain, Shuktara Nature Retreat, Khadimnagar, Sylhet. Copyright: Iwan Baan.