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Sep 20, 2014

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.


Upcoming Exhibition

In the late 1960s, renowned American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity. This exhibition presents archival documentation of the workshops to the public for the first time.

Upcoming Events

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition.

Chip Lord, cofounder of experimental architecture group Ant Farm, will reflect on his participation in the Halprins’ early collaborative workshops from the 1960s.


The City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation are partnering with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to present an international forum on architecture and the designed environment in Fall 2015. Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation, and Joseph Grima will be Co-Artistic Directors.

Congratulations to all our grantees participating in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

grantee news

This year’s winners of the Carter Manny Award are Anna Goodman (University of California, Berkeley) and Steven Lauritano (Yale University). Read more about the dissertation projects of these promising scholars.
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SUMMER HOURS: The Graham Foundation Bookshop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11AM-5PM, through September 18, 2014. Starting September 19, regular bookshop hours will resume (Wednesday through Saturday, 11-6PM). The 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.

Courtesy of the Lawrence Halprin Collection, the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.; Logo, Chicago Architecture Biennial.; "Black Mountain College Work Camp Publication," Black Mountain College, 1941, Black Mountain, NC. Courtesy of Black Mountain College Collection, Western Regional Archives.