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Jan 23, 2019

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.



Containing a wealth of texts and images, Thomas Daniell’s Graham-funded book 'An Anatomy of Influence' elucidates the theory and practice of 12 leading Japanese architects. This talk introduces the newly released publication that focuses on the hitherto unexplored lives of these architects, and the intellectual, social, and political environment in which they worked.


The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the Foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to its public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. Follow weekly arrivals and browse back stock here.

Applications for the current round of grants to organizations are due February 25, 2019.


This installation centers on sound recordings, altered by the artist, that document the process of teaching artificial intelligence to recognize the sound of breaking windows. Recorded in an airplane hangar in the United Kingdom, thousands of windows were smashed, creating a discordant symphony. Recordings of the accompanying symposium are now available to view.

This original, comprehensive exhibition on the Portland, Oregon, architect Will Martin, designer of some of the city’s best-known modernist work, captures the full range of Martin’s creative and at times irreverent work as an architect, artist, writer, and imaginative thinker. The exhibition demonstrates the vibrant fusion between art and architecture as it played out in Martin’s built and unbuilt work, from his earliest projects in the late 1950s to his untimely death in 1985.

This exhibition examines the innovative architecture, construction, and planning of three cities built from scratch by the US government during World War II—Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford/Richland, Washington—in order to produce the first atomic bomb.


The exhibition gathers original designs, concepts, and images from the initial collective of designers and architects behind the planned community on the rugged northern California coast, which represented an idealized vision of modern California living through shared common areas, embracing an ever-changing nature and architectural excellence.

Premiering January 2019 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, this creative documentary feature is about the final days inside the so-called White Building—one of Cambodia’s first and only social housing complexes, designed by Khmer architect Lu Bun Hap and Ukrainian-French architect Vladimir Bodiansky in 1963—directed by Kavich Neang, a 30-year-old filmmaker who had lived his whole life inside the building prior to its 2017 demolition.

In this book from gta Verlag, Geiser reassesses the work of Swiss art historian and architecture critic Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) through the lens of cultural transformation and processes of modernization, reconsidering his position and role in architectural discourse with a focus on his engagement in a transatlantic and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Slab City's 640 acres are slated to be sold by the state of California after existing for more than 150 years as public land. Though it is often called the "last free place," this settlement of artists, Canadian "snowbirds," and homeless persons on the concrete "slabs" of a decommissioned military base in Imperial County has instead existed in a state of play between the control of nature and the nature of control for almost six decades. Read on for more information about the research, the recent publication, and related reviews.

Exterior view of “Martine Syms: Incense Sweaters & Ice,” Graham Foundation, 2018. Courtesy the artist, Bridget Donahue, New York and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Nathan Keay; View of the Graham Foundation Bookshop, 2017. Photo: Assaf Evron; MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker), Condominium One, 1965. Courtesy of University of California Board of Regents, Environmental Design Archives at College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.