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Dec 10, 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 examines the work of Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji through the collection of his original photographs and building documents held at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

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.


Amale Andraos will discuss her recent publication,  The Arab City: Architecture and Representation co-edited with Nora Akawi, which engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East.

Kjell Theøry: Prologue is an Augmented Reality performance juxtaposing the historical narrative of gay computing pioneer Alan Turing’s forced chemical castration and subsequent gynecomastia (development of breasts) with algorithmic mutations of Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1917 play, Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Tirésias’ Tits), a genderfluid spectacle for which the author invented the word surrealism.

Grantee News

This first US retrospective of French modernist Pierre Chareau—known for ingeniously integrating traditional craftsmanship with Machine Age–advances—showcases his creative contributions as an architect, artist, and furniture designer, within the context of his extraordinary life and Jewish cultural background.

This new book, published by Park Books, tells the compelling story of a unique and bold yet little known experimental public education project in Rio de Janeiro.

Rifat Chadirji, IRQ/331/026: E. Abboud Building, Baghdad, 1955. Photographic paste-ups, 8.27” × 11.69”. Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation; ; Pierre Chareau, Maison de Verre exterior, 1928–32, Paris. Copyright: Mark more