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Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Jun 25, 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 deploys fin de siècle Istanbul’s architectural remains as a counternarrative to the city’s rich multiethnic historical development.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, the Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications by Graham Foundation grantees and titles that relate to the foundation's exhibitions and events, as well as new, historically significant, and hard-to-find publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.


Inspired by our current exhibition, Esra Akan will discuss unordinary acts of architectural history and preservation that bear witness to the power of transversal dialogues against the absences created by historical violence.

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the contemporary American metropolis with Judith De Jong, Marshall Brown, Robert Bruegmann, Claire Cahan, Andrew Metter, Juan Gabriel Moreno, and Mark Muenzer.

Grantee News

By constructing a full-scale slave cabin as its central object, this project imagines what a nineteenth-century woman of African descent might have collected and stowed in her own unique "wunderkammer.” On view at Lynden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Three commissioned projects in Hong Kong highlight the temporary architectures of the city’s female migrant domestic workers as an instructive gesture of female spatial agency.

View of Michael Rakowitz, "The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours," 2016, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo by: RCH | EKH.; Aki Nagasaka, Project T, T for Taut, 2010.; Fo (Foyalemi) Wilson, Cabin model for Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, 2015, Chicago. Courtesy of the artist.