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Dec 01, 2015

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

The first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten, this exhibition spans nearly five decades of the artist’s ongoing engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form and explores her expansive photographic practice as it has developed through the lens of architecture, sculpture, painting, theater, and textile.


In his Chicago debut, artist James Hoff presents a new four-channel work using computer viruses to infect beats, where the mutated results become the building blocks for new compositions.


The Graham Foundation is proud to be a Presenting Partner of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Titled "The State of the Art of Architecture" after a provocative 1977 conference held at the Graham Foundation, the biennial explores how groundbreaking advances in architecture are tackling the most pressing issues of today.

Open Wednesday to 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 public program of exhibitions and talks, as well as new, historically significant, and hard-to-find publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields.

Grantee News

Using sounds collected from Harry Bertoia's "sonambient" sculptures installed at the Aon Center, sound artist Olivia Block composed this multi-channel sound installation to envelope listeners on the Great Lawn of Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Presented in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

This curatorial project produces work in multiple disciplines—some audible, some legible, some visible, and some holding the show together. Participating artists accompany light, archives, unknown artists, texts, architecture, objects, gossip, songs, and each other.

Photo-documentation of Barbara Kasten installing the exhibition "Centric 2: Barbara Kasten, Installation/Photographs", University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, 1982. Courtesy of the artist and the University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach.; Iwan Baan, Chicago, 2014.; Harry Bertoia, Sonambient sculpture at Aon Center, 1974, Chicago. Photo: Dan more