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Feb 13, 2016

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

This exhibition explores the legacy of modernist architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring commissioned photographs by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster and archival material, "Architecture of Independence" imparts a new perspective on the intersection of architecture and nation-building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia following independence.


Please join us for a performance by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, one half of the Barcelona-based sound-art duo EVOL.


The five countries—Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal and Zambia—whose modern architectural productions are featured in the Exhibit, present the opportunity to examine where the collective and the individual fit in these countries. This lecture will draw from the Architecture of Independence to explore the challenges facing these countries and different parts of the continent today.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 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.

Grantee News

These simultaneous group exhibitions focus on the dynamic relationship between Pop Art and everyday life. Both are arranged thematically presenting panoramas of a past era while offering new insights into the Pop phenomenon and its migration of motifs between art and design, the relationship between everyday objects and images, and how everyday life first came under the influence of pop culture.

We are now accepting applications for this year’s Grants to Organizations. The deadline for submissions is February 25, 2016.

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, 1973, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Photo © Iwan Baan.; ; Christo, Orange Store Front, 1964–65. Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, a gift of Natalie and Irving Forman. Photo: Nathan Keay.