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Aug 14, 2018

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.



Martine Syms: Incense Sweaters & Ice is an immersive installation centering around a Graham-funded feature-length film, by the same title, inspired by the idea that anything one does while being watched is a performance.


Please join us for a reception with artist Martine Syms as we celebrate the opening of her new installation on August 26th from 6 to 8 p.m.


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The current round of Grants to Individuals is open. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2018.

Learn more about the 74 recently announced grantee projects representing a diverse group of individuals and collectives engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.

Learn more about the inaugural fellows of the new Graham Foundation fellowship program.


The designers from HANNAH respond to this year's Folly/Function competition by developing a new public seating concept for Socrate's waterfront park. Each seat is 3D-printed with concrete, creating a sturdy but playful form that encourages creative interaction. This annual competition is produced in association with The Architectural League of New York.

The tenth edition of the biennial, Beautiful world, where are you?, invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political, and economic turmoil. In 2018 Liverpool Biennial celebrates twenty years of presenting international art in the city and region.

A comprehensive survey of conceptual artist Mel Chin’s work, this exhibition includes two new major commissions that spotlight his ongoing investigation into how power structures embedded in our built and lived environments can enact devastating tolls on vulnerable populations.

Curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, this is the inaugural exhibition at Swiss Insitute’s new home in New York's East Village. A series of programs are presented in cooperation with the Graham Foundation through July 2018.


This major exhibition is the first in the United States to examine the modernist architecture of Yugoslavia, introducing the exceptional built work of the former country’s leading architects to an international audience.

This publication presents the idiosyncratic war memorials of socialist Yugoslavia as seen through the eyes of their own creator Bogdan Bogdanovic, featuring a selection of more than sixty previously unpublished color photos that the architect took using a medium-format camera. Published by The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980.

This new collection of essays examines Breuer’s approach and way of working, his strategies, and his signature buildings. These essays draw on an abundance of newly available documents held in the Breuer Archive at Syracuse University, which are now accessible online. From Lars Müller Publishers.

Dimensions of Citizenship challenges architects and designers to envision what it means to be a citizen today. Participants include Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez in collaboration with Shani Crowe, Design Earth, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Keller Easterling, SCAPE, and Studio Gang.

Architecture critic Alexandra Lange investigates the histories of children’s human-made environment at all scales, from objects to landscapes, and reflects on how these fundamental elements may impact a child’s thinking and development.

For this year's pavilion, Escobedo's design references the nearby Prime Meridian using three reflective water pools and light-pervading walls bordering an internal multi-purpose space, illuminated by changeable light as the sun makes its journey across the sky and through the structure’s permeated surfaces.

Martine Syms, still, Incense Sweaters & Ice, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.; ; Stojan Maksimović, Sava Center, 1979, Belgrade, Serbia. View of conference room. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016.