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Sep 25, 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.


Please join us for a reception with artist Martine Syms as we celebrate the opening of her new installation on August 26th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Above all, architecture is a spatial performance. This talk suggests that if architecture engages space-making then it must engage the idea of liberation as a spatial practice or performance, much as Michel Foucault said that liberty is a practice.

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.


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.

In this talk, Raxworthy queries landscape architecture's fraught relationship with gardening and presents a new model for plant form—the viridic, a landscape equivalent of the tectonic—which he suggests has been under-theorized in landscape architecture.

The Whole Earth Catalog (1968–1974), was a cultural touchstone of the 1960s and 70s. This lecture will shed light on material aspects of the Catalog—its mode of production and behind-the-scenes debates—to better understand the intentions of its protagonists.


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.

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Learn about the 74 grantee projects representing a diverse group of individuals and collectives engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.

Introducing the inaugural fellows of the new Graham Foundation fellowship program.


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

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.

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.

The fourth iteration of this biennial focuses on the theme of design education, becoming a productive process-oriented platform for researching, experimenting, and learning.

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.

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.

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.

For this year's pavilion, Escobedo's design references the nearby Prime Meridian using three reflective water pools and light-pervading walls bordering an internal multi-purpose space, illuminated by changeable light as the sun makes its journey across the sky and through the structure’s permeated surfaces.

This documentary film is a five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multi-billion dollar freight company. The documentary film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be "the last house standing," and the Row Row Boys, teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines. Daily screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Sep 14–27.

Martine Syms, still, Incense Sweaters & Ice, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.; Image: El Lissitzky, Wolkenbügel, 1924-25. Photomontage. Courtesy of the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art, Moscow.; Will Martin, Study for an Underground Restaurant, concept rendering, 1973. Courtesy of Bosco-Milligan Foundation collection. From the 2018 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to Architectural Heritage Center for the exhibition The Artistic and Eclectic Will Martin