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Dec 18, 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.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-6PM, the Graham 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.


The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, will launch its inaugural edition in October 2015, entitled "The State of the Art of Architecture." In addition, the first commissioned project will be a photo essay on Chicago by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan.

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.

Grantee News

An exhibition of the work of Japanese collaborative ArchiAid—a group of architects and artists who responded to the urgent need to rebuild following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

This exhibition examines an extraordinary moment of cross fertilization among photography, planning, and mass media in response to urban change in three major American cities during the 1960s and 70s.

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; Lost Homes Project, 1:500 Kesennuma Inner Bay Area before 3.11, on view in "Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake," MAK Center for Art and Architecture, 2014, Los Angeles. Photo: Joshua more