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Nov 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

Donlyn Lyndon, one of the original architects of The Sea Ranch—a residential development stretching ten miles along the Northern California Coast—will discuss the history and legacy of this landmark project in ecological planning and architecture.

To celebrate the Chicago launch of the Graham-funded book "City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America" by landscape architectural designer and urban historian Alison Hirsch, Hirsch joins fellow Graham grantee architectural historian Eva J. Friedberg for a discussion about the development and impact of Anna and Lawrence Halrpins’ collaborative workshops.


The Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, will launch its inaugural edition in October 2015, entitled "The State of the Art of Architecture." In addition, the first commissioned project will be a photo essay on Chicago by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan.

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.

upcoming event

Artists Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, art critic Brian Holmes, and curator Karen Irvine will present their new Graham-funded book "Volatile Smile"—an investigation through text and image of the mutual impact of real and cybernetic architecture, with Chicago as its archetype. Following the talk, the Graham Bookshop will be offering a special holiday sale with discounts up to 40% off select titles.

The Graham Foundation galleries and bookshop will be open Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 from 11AM-6PM, and will be closed from November 27-28. We will re-open on Saturday, November 29, 2014, for a special bookshop sale, with up to 50% off select titles.

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Two pavilions—one by Atelier Manferdini and another by Stamen Design—explore the biennial’s theme of reclaiming the manifesto to catalyze change in architecture and design.

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.

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; The architectural bookshop at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, 2013.