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Apr 23, 2017

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.



An exhibition that examines the recent proliferation of collage in architectural representation in relationship to scenography and theatrical set design.


Join the editors of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s New Geographies to launch its most recent issue, New Geographies 08: Island, in conjunction with the journal’s tenth anniversary of discourse and discovery.

The great minimalist composer Phill Niblock presents several recent works—in his first Chicago performance in more than 8 years.


Our deepest gratitude to Carter H. Manny, Jr. for his six decades of service to the Graham Foundation and the field of architecture.


Released this month, architect Ronald Rael's new book examines the history and construction of the Border Wall dividing the US from Mexico, illuminates how the wall functions as a protest and a projection about the future of the border region, and suggests a series of architectural counter-proposals that evoke opportunities for economic and social development in light of the region's cultural richness and trenchant artistic and political critiques of the wall itself.

This new exhibition explores Benjamin's "The Arcades Project" and its ongoing relevance through works of contemporary art representing the subjects of each of the book's thirty-six sections by combining material from the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, architectural models of Paris's most significant arcades, and work by contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, Mike Kelley, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Lee Friedlander, and Collier Schorr.

The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to our public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.

Aldo Rossi, Teatrino Scientifico, 1978. Courtesy of the Fondazione Rossi; Mount Taranki, Egment National Park, New Zeland, 2007. Courtesy of Google Earth (Image Taranaki Regional / Stratfod / South Taranaki Councils).; Ronald Rael/Rael San Fratello, Drawing of Teeter Totter wall on drawing of Boundary between the United States and Mexico by the International Boundary Survey under the Convention of July 29th 1882. Courtesy of the architects.