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Apr 06, 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

The catalogue accompanying "Countryside, The Future" exhibition currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition and book mark a new area of investigation for architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas.

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).

The first comprehensive account and theorization of oral history as a method in architectural research.

Grantee Exhibitions on View

This retrospective exhibition presents the work of textile and interior designer Ruth Adler Schnee from her prolific seven-decade career.

This exhibition explores the landscape of the Continental Divide and the alterations made intentionally and incidentally, showing how the architectures and infrastructures we build engage with systems that are literally continental in scale.

A new program series that explores construction as both a practice and a performance. The series is produced in partnership with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles.

On view at SCI-Arc Galleries, this exhibition focuses on rude stone monuments through large-scale models, diagrammatic drawings, and archival photographs.

; 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.