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May 27, 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.



Artist Torkwase Dyson will use the Graham Foundation galleries as both a site of installation and an incubator for discussion in her latest convening of the Wynter-Wells School—named for Jamaican writer Sylvia Wynter and American Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells.


Join us for a talk by Sean Keller to launch his new Graham-funded book Automatic Architecture: Motivating Form after Modernism recently published by University of Chicago Press.

Urban designer and professor of architecture, Mitch McEwen presents an original lecture responding directly to the exhibition Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells School.

Join us for an evening of discussion with scholar Christina Sharpe and artist Torkwase Dyson.


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

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.


This exhibition explores marching performances as mediums for communicating cultural identity and political resistance, specifically examining the role of marching bands and drumlines within African-American communities in asserting both visibility and equal rights.

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.


The Graham Foundation is pleased to support the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. 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.

An exhibition of works by artist Richard Rezac features new works and offers the chance to reflect on his ongoing contributions to the history of art in Chicago.

This exhibition investigates the architectural history of Bangladesh. Conceived as a "learning from" experience, it is an invitation to contemplate and discuss architecture, and to encourage a cultural exchange. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

; ; Dimensions of Citizenship: US Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition