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Aug 20, 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

Through a newly commissioned body of work, including a large-scale textile installation, intricate embroideries, works on paper, sculptures, and a performance, Nelly Agassi conjures historical and imagined narratives from the architectural details of the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House. Built in 1901–02 for Albert F. and Elsa S. Madlener, the house was originally designed by architect Richard E. Schmidt, with designer Hugh M. G. Garden, and then renovated in the 1960s by architect Daniel Brenner to transform it into the Foundation’s headquarters. The culmination of Agassi’s 2019 Graham Foundation Fellowship, this exhibition explores erasure, preservation, identity, and architecture’s capacity to change.


A project by Pricegore (Dingle Price and Alex Gore) and London-based designer Yinka Ilori, The Colour Palace celebrates color, pattern, and light, and draws upon both European and African cultural traditions to bring the Gallery’s grounds into technicolor life.

In late 2014, ceramicist Anders Ruhwald purchased a foreclosed building in Detroit with the intention of using the four apartments within to explore the transformational politics of fire; the culminating permanent art installation stands today at 3583 Dubois Street.

This exhibition presents case studies that highlight local citizens’ initiatives that reclaim urban space and redefine the city as commons—moving the focus beyond the dichotomy of private versus public.

Artist Martin Puryear was selected by Madison Square Park Conservancy to represent the US at this year's Venice Biennale. Puryear worked closely with exhibition designers Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport to create a unified experience of the works on view in the outdoor forecourt and within the galleries of the Pavilion. The Graham is excited to be a supporter of this new work.

The the first major solo presentation of Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade in a US museum. The exhibition debuts three new works, including "Jogos dirigidos" ("Directed games"), a film commissioned by the MCA that presents a playful exchange between members of the deaf community in the northeast of Brazil.


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.


We are accepting applications for our grants to individuals program. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2020.

We are pleased to share the latest Graham grantees. These 63 new grantee projects represent diverse lines of inquiry engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.
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This book examines a 1975 collaborative design project led by NASA—to design massive human habitats in space—through several historical and contemporary architectural lenses.

First published in 1966, Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, widely considered the foundational text of postmodernism, has become an essential document in architectural theory and criticism. This new two-volume boxed set presents a facsimile of the original edition paired with a compendium of new scholarship on and around Venturi’s seminal treatise.

"Nostalgia" confers a lens to look backwards and forwards, to reminisce and project. But, are we really nostalgic for the past? How much of our nostalgia is for the possibility of a future we can no longer have? Let us prod nostalgia, pitting its longings, fears, and speculations against one another. Where may this unraveling take us? Where does it start?

A collection of works and ideas produced by the architectural office Reiser + Umemoto, this publication traces thirty years of investigation into novel forms, techniques, and organizations, which continue to engage the flows of the built environment.

This book chronicles artistic experiments and political activism within and around the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, including the central role played by the community center Art & Soul, with a particular focus on collaborations that cut across boundaries of class, race, and geography.

; Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, view of Dulwich Pavilion 2019: The Colour Palace, 2019, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Photo: Adam Scott.; Anders Herwald Ruhwald, installation view of Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, 2019, Detroit. Photo: Jerry Birchfield/Field Studios. Courtesy of Anders Herwald Ruhwald.