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Sep 22, 2019

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.


Upcoming Exhibition

Mexico City-based architecture office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio creates an immersive installation that transforms a former domestic space to explore new forms of collectivity. The installation is activated by collaborative projects, on-site talks, and workshops throughout the run of the exhibition with Archeworks, Colectivo 1050º, Cultural ReProducers, Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, Stefan Gruber, Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies, Lurie Garden, MAS Context, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Sweet Water Foundation, The Weaving Mill, and Anna Martine Whitehead, among others.


FAMILY PROGRAM Using pavement, chalk, bouncy balls, and bean bags, artist Alberto Aguilar transforms the sidewalks surrounding the Madlener House into a floor game court and participatory performance. All ages welcome

Join us for a reception with Tatiana Bilbao Estudio to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition  Unraveling Modern Living.


A project by Pricegore (Dingle Price and Alex Gore) and London-based designer Yinka Ilori, The Colour Palace celebrates color, pattern, and light, and draws upon both European and African cultural traditions to bring the Gallery’s grounds into technicolor life.

This exhibition presents case studies that highlight local citizens’ initiatives that reclaim urban space and redefine the city as commons—moving the focus beyond the dichotomy of private versus public.

Artist Martin Puryear was selected by Madison Square Park Conservancy to represent the US at this year's Venice Biennale. Puryear worked closely with exhibition designers Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport to create a unified experience of the works on view in the outdoor forecourt and within the galleries of the Pavilion. The Graham is excited to be a supporter of this new work.

A survey of the last ten years of work by the Chicago-based artist that examines her ongoing project that brings together the disciplines of painting, drawing, and architecture.


The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the Foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to its public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. Follow weekly arrivals and browse back stock here.


We are pleased to share the latest Graham grantees. These 54 new grantee projects tackle urgent contemporary questions, illuminate historic work with new perspective, promote experimental research, and support critical conversations in and around architecture.

The deadline has passed. We thank all the applicants for their submissions.


The first graphic design text expressly of and for the twenty-first century. Synthesizing the pragmatic with the experimental, and a close understanding of design history with its extension through all contemporary means, the book builds on mid- to late-twentieth-century pedagogical models to convey advanced principles in an understandable form for students of all levels. Recently released from Inventory Press.

This book examines a 1975 collaborative design project led by NASA—to design massive human habitats in space—through several historical and contemporary architectural lenses.

A collection of works and ideas produced by the architectural office Reiser + Umemoto, this publication traces thirty years of investigation into novel forms, techniques, and organizations, which continue to engage the flows of the built environment.

First published in 1966, Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, widely considered the foundational text of postmodernism, has become an essential document in architectural theory and criticism. This new two-volume boxed set presents a facsimile of the original edition paired with a compendium of new scholarship on and around Venturi’s seminal treatise.

This book chronicles artistic experiments and political activism within and around the Black Arts Movement in Chicago, including the central role played by the community center Art & Soul, with a particular focus on collaborations that cut across boundaries of class, race, and geography.

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, from Unraveling Modern Living, digital collage, 2019; Pricegore and Yinka Ilori, view of Dulwich Pavilion 2019: The Colour Palace, 2019, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Photo: Adam Scott.; Heinz Emigholz, still from Goff in the Desert (Goff in der Wüste): 2002–03. Copyright Heinz Emigholz and Filmgalerie 451.