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Apr 25, 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.


Current Exhibition

An exhibition tracing the emergence of architecture as a wellspring of creativity and theoretical exploration for the artist Arakawa (1936–2010) and poet and philosopher Madeline Gins (1941–2014).


Join us for a panel discussion to launch the recently published Graham funded book Possible Mediums. The editors Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure, and Kyle Miller will exhibit and present the Possible Mediums book and will be joined in discussion by Zoë Ryan.

James Hoff’s work often relies on misusing technology as a generative act. For Lampo and the Graham Foundation, he presents a site-specific version of his most recent audiovisual project HOBO UFO , which uses a custom hack of Google Maps’ Street View to make the platform sound reactive.

As the 2018–19 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow, Anne Dessing has done research on architectural elements that divide space, such as walls, doors, windows, columns, fences, arches, and gates. Through a pictorial essay of architectural elements from Detroit, St Louis, and Chicago, she will tell a story about surreal situations in the Midwest.


The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership in the launch of the Water Tower Arts District. The District convenes fifteen of Chicago’s renowned cultural organizations, all located within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue.
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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.

Congratulations to Brendan Fernandes, Martine Syms, Forensic Architecture, and Diane Simpson on their inclusion in the upcoming Whitney Biennial.
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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.


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.

This exhibition of Tuazon’s new and recent work investigates the relationship between art, architecture, and environmental concerns towards the prototyping of new passive solar architectural systems based on the pioneering work of inventor and architect Steve Baer.

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.

Arakawa and Madeline Gins, “Screen-Valve,” 1985-87. Graphite on paper. 30 x 22 1/2 in. Photo by Nicholas Knight. Courtesy Columbia GSAPP. © 2018 Estate of Madeline Gins. Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Madeline Gins; ; 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.