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Nov 23, 2017

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.



The Graham Foundation is pleased to present 'in the forest,' a newly commissioned multi-part installation by artist David Hartt. This project will coincide with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Architect, artist, and designer Allan Wexler discusses his multi-scalar, multi-media work across a 45-year career. Allan reveals a curious, comedic, and analytical mind, offering new strategies for examining and reevaluating basic assumptions about our relationship to the built and natural environments.

Graham News

We will be closed Thursday, November 23 through Saturday, November 25. We will resume normal gallery hours of Wednesday–Saturday, 11–6 p.m. on November 29. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please join us at the Chicago Architecture Biennial where we will have a satellite of the Graham Foundation Bookshop from September 16, 2017-January 7, 2018.

Congratulations to all of our grantees and program participants featured in 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


The career of the pioneering designer Muriel Cooper, whose work spanned media from printed book to software interface. New from the MIT Press.

The exhibition features site-responsive installations in critical dialogue with the design heritage of Columbus and programs for the community, students, families, and visitors.

This new exhibition at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel reactivates the architectural ornament as a source material for a sculptural environment that explores the various histories of Modernism in the Middle East.

This exhibition brings together two modernist houses in Los Angeles and Mexico City via the exchange of narrative texts, industrial objects, and installations by contemporary architects/artists, as the exhibition grapples with questions about architectural space, mass production, and domesticity within the legacy of modernism.


We’re pleased to announce the 2017 Carter Manny Award winners: James Graham (Columbia University) is the recipient of the writing award for his dissertation "The Psychotechnical Architect: Perception, Vocation, and the Laboratory Cultures of Modernism, 1914–1945," and Razieh Ghorbani (University of California, Berkeley) is the winner of the research award for her dissertation "The Space of Sanctions: Architecture and Construction in Contemporary Iran."


The exhibition, currently on view at the Center for Architecture in New York, reveals a significant body of Judd's work in architecture from 1984 to 1994.

Challenging art, architecture, work, and play, this tree-top installation by the Chapuisat Brothers is entered by crawling through a tunnel inside the galleries of 6018North. This project is presented in partnership with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

In the 1960s, a visionary American scientist and a team of experts set out to develop a domed metropolis that would eradicate the waste of urban living. The documentary film premieres at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival in partnership with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, with other screenings scheduled in New York, St. Louis, and in the Golden Rondelle, Racine, Wisconsin.

Issue 14, "Toxic Atmospheres," is the latest issue of The Funambulist magazine. Through its six annual issues, the magazine attempts to examine the politics of design in relation to the body. Each issue is dedicated to a particular topic involving a particular scale of design: urbanism, architecture, industrial, and fashion design are thus mobilized without any hierarchy between them.

David Hartt, "Carolina I," 2017, archival pigment print mounted to Dibond, print size 36 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey and commissioned by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.; Image: View of the Graham Foundation Bookshop at the Madlener House designed by Ania Jaworska, Chicago. Photo Assaf Evron.; Speculative housing for spectral residents: luxury apartments built for investment, 2017, Tehran, Iran. Photo: Razieh Ghorbani.