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Jul 16, 2020

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.


Current Exhibition

The exhibition Poured Architecture establishes a dialogue between the late Spanish architect Miguel Fisac and the contemporary work of the Basque-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sergio Prego. Through a new body of work supported by a Graham Foundation Fellowship, Prego explores the possibility and synchronicity of materials and processes across architecture and visual art in a new series of sculptures and drawings inspired by Fisac’s innovative architecture and construction techniques.


Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to ensure the safety of our community and staff, the Graham Foundation galleries and bookshop are temporarily closed due to the developments COVID-19. All programming is temporarily suspended. The Graham wishes health and safety for all.
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Recent Grantee Publications

This new edited volume from the University of Pittsburgh Press collects the essays of several distinguished scholars writing on the critical role of racial theory in shaping architectural discourse, from the Enlightenment to the present. The book, which grows out of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-year research project, redresses longstanding neglect of racial discourses among architectural scholars.

A new edited volume which reframes accepted narratives of both neoliberalism and postmodernism by demonstrating how architecture has articulated changing relationships between state, society, and economy since the 1960s.

A new publication from Princeton Architectural Press that explores the singular life and work of American architect Judith Davidson Chafee (1932–1998).

Forthcoming in 2021, this chronological narrative demonstrates how six epidemics transformed the American urban landscape, reflecting changing views of the power of design, pathology of disease, and the epidemiology of the environment. The author recently has been referenced in the New York Times and been asked to appear in discussions related to the global pandemic.

Taylor recently released her book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America, where she collects her multiyear research project that has cataloged nearly 10,000 Green Book listings, scouted over 4,000 Green Book sites in 48 US States, and photographed over 170 Green Book properties.

Virtual Grantee Exhibitions on View

This retrospective exhibition presents the work of textile and interior designer Ruth Adler Schnee from her prolific seven-decade career. A virtual tour of the exhibition is offered on Cranbrook Art Museum's website.

Eileen Gray was a pioneer in modern design and architecture and one of the few women to practice professionally in those fields before World War II. To continue the conversation, Bard has developed a virtual version of the exhibition.

On the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking of one of the most iconic modern buildings in the world, the Farnsworth House presents a new exhibition. This new installation interprets for the first time the interior as Edith Farnsworth would have occupied the space during the 1950s and explores the life and legacy of the fascinating client behind this world-renowned house that bears her name. Follow along on social media in anticipation of the reopening of the house.


Architect and educator Sean Lally hosts this podcast about architecture's future, as both earth's environment and our human bodies are now open for design. The podcast stimulates discussions not only within architecture, but the general public as well, in order to expand and spark the imagination, while advancing the political and environmental significance of today’s energy-based and bioengineered projects.

This project is the podcast platform of The Funambulist magazine. Its editorial line attempts to articulate questions about the political relationships between the bodies and design.

; View of "Poured Architecture: Sergio Prego on Miguel Fisac," Graham Foundation, Chicago, 2020. Photo: Nathan Keay; Ruth Adler Schnee, Wireworks, ink on white Dreamspun batiste, 1950. Collection Ruth Adler Schnee. Photo: PD Rearick.