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Oct 24, 2016

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

This exhibition examines the work of Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji through the collection of his original photographs and building documents held at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

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.


This presentation will examine the critical encounters that took place in mid-twentieth-century Baghdad, between native architects including Rifat Chadirji and some of Modernism's most renowned figures.

Composer, instrument builder and Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada and composer Tashi Wada make a rare Chicago appearance—Yoshi’s first since ’93 and Tashi’s local debut. Join us for an evening-length performance by the father-son duo based on a loose, ever-shifting structure with a newly modified setup of sirens, alarm bells, audio generators, bagpipes and organ.

Sara Ludy premieres a new live audiovisual performance that arranges found imagery and field recordings into a rhythmic composition of otherworldly forms.

Grantee News

Curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley put forward eight interlinked propositions around the topic “Are We Human? The Design of the Species: 2 seconds, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years.”

The New York–based group Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.

Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing and research on architecture. The application deadline is November 15, 2016.

Rifat Chadirji, IRQ/331/026: E. Abboud Building, Baghdad, 1955. Photographic paste-ups, 8.27” × 11.69”. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation; Rifat Chadirji, Yasoub Rafiq Residence, Baghdad, 1965. Image courtesy of Rifat Chadirji.; Fritz Kahn: Man Machine/Maschine Mensch, edited by Uta von Debschitz and Thilo von Debschitz (Springer Verlag GMBH, 2009).