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Nov 18, 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.



This immersive installation by Los Angeles-based artist Martine Syms centers on the artist's first feature length film. The project explores the proliferation of ways in which one’s image is captured and transmitted in public and private life—from surveillance cameras to smart phones—and the ways one moves between looking, being looked at, and remaining unseen.


In her Lampo debut, Madalyn Merkey premieres the performance of Digital Concert Creatures, a quadraphonic work for synthetic computer sounds and voice.

This presentation, derived from the newly-published Graham-funded book by the same title, introduces key concepts that chart the history of montage in late-nineteenth-century urban and architectural contexts, its application by the early twentieth-century avant-gardes, and its eventual appropriation in the postmodern period.

Join us for a workshop focusing on building confidence from within and without. This workshop builds on questions raised in Martine Syms' installation, "Incense Sweaters & Ice," asking how we see ourselves and how we can help others see us in beneficial ways.

Presenting a talk, musical performance, and a question and answer session, New York-based sound artist and composer, Fay Victor utilizes music as a vehicle to express thoughts and sounds in a multigenre universe that reflects identity, new music, jazz, blues, house, funk, and free improvisation—recalling references from jazz legend Albert Ayler to the innovative Frank Zappa.


We’re pleased to announce the 2018 Carter Manny Award winners: Kylie R. J. Seltzer (University of Pittsburgh) is the recipient of the writing award for her dissertation “Housing Identities: Displaying Race and Environment in Paris, 1870–1892” and Emine Seda Kayim (University of Michigan) is the winner of the research award for her dissertation “Stasi as Architectural Producer: Surveillance and Scientific Management in the East German Built Environment, 1961–1989.”

The 53 awarded projects support work that continues to advocate for engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.

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. Follow weekly arrivals and browse back stock here.

The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field. We are currently accepting applications from doctoral candidates who are nominated by their departments.


This exhibition celebrates 50 years of groundbreaking architecture education through the lens of leading design studio thesis work, both on display and through a new online digital database.

Structured as an exhibition of evidence—architectural fragments from handrails to façade panels, drawings, models, documents, and textual materials—the show, curated by Sylvia Lavin, examines how the topoi of architectural postmodernism was fabricated by exploring the autonomy, historiography, representation, and art of architecture in the late 20th century.

Cibic's solo exhibition at DCH/ART Montreal presents a new immersive installation, which explores the relationship between cultural production and soft power structures, addressing ideologies and their realization in art and architecture.


The first exhibition to restage Nancy Holt’s room-sized installations, including "Holes of Light" (1973) and "Mirrors of Light" (1974), presented at Dia:Chelsea.

This exhibition presents the first synthetic history of Varble's career and charts his critical attitude towards the hierarchies of wealth and gender that were used for the control of public space.

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.

The catalogue documents sculptural installations, site-specific interventions in collaboration with modem (Nicholas de Monchaux and Kathryn Moll), and photographs that reframe the concealed systems and internal structures of the museum's unique architectural space.

A multi-year cycle of exhibitions and public discussions investigating the design of future cities. These programs encourage us to understand the complex pressures of global population growth, resource consumption, and disruptive technologies influencing urban life.

This exhibition, curated by Sekou Cooke, offers an innovative line of inquiry to explore the relationship between hip-hop culture and the discipline of architecture.

Martine Syms, still, Incense Sweaters & Ice, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.; Charles Garnier, Preparatory Watercolor of the Waterside, Iron Age, and German dwellings for History of Human Habitations, ca. 1888, Paris, France. Courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. From the 2018 Carter Manny Award for writing to Kylie R. J. Seltzer for her dissertation Housing Identities: Displaying Race and Environment in Paris, 1870–1892; Nancy Holt, Mirrors of Light, 1974. Installation view, Bykert Gallery, New York, 1974. © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy of Holt/Smithson Foundation