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Oct 25, 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.

Upcoming Events

Contemporary dance company The Seldoms will perform segments from their latest undertaking about counterculture, rock music, and citizenship, and discuss the creative process behind their work.

L.A.-based collaborative Lucky Dragons imagines Lawrence and Anna Halprins’ workshop-based approach to the creative process as a musical form in a new work created for the Graham Foundation and Lampo.


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.

Congratulations to all our grantees participating in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

upcoming events

Combining modular synthesizer and improvisation with voice, Robert A.A. Lowe premieres new work that probes the physicality of sound.

Curator Zoë Ryan will discuss the making of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, which explores the manifesto as a catalyst for critical thinking.

grantee news

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.

The first exhibition devoted to one of the most innovative projects in post-war modernity in Romanian architecture.

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

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Logo, Chicago Architecture Biennial.; Barton Silverman, protesters in Grant Park during the Democratic National Convention, New York Times, August 31, 1968. Courtesy of Barton Silverman/New York Times.