Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312.787.4071


View of "Lina Bo Bardi: Together", 2015, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Photo by: RCH | EKH.

Lina Bo Bardi: Together Exhibition Tour
Jun 17, 2015, 11:30am

As part of Chicago Design Week, Ellen Alderman, Managing Director of Public Programs will give a tour of the exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, which presents the extraordinary work and legacy of the Italian-born Brazilian architect, furniture and set designer, curator, illustrator, and editor Lina Bo Bardi.

Featuring new works by artist Madelon Vriesendorp, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, and photographer Ioana Marinescu, this exhibition endeavors to inspire new conversations around Lina Bo Bardi’s work. It brings to life the experience of Bo Bardi’s buildings and her inclusive approach to design, which aimed to dispel aesthetic and social hierarchies and embraced the texture and diversity of her adopted Brazil. Additionally, the exhibition includes three of Arper’s recent limited edition of Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair, which was originally designed in 1951, but never manufactured until now.

The event is free and open to the public.



Launch Party: Bardi's Bowl Chair
Jun 15, 2015, 5pm

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In conjunction with our current exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, the Graham Foundation, with Arper, is pleased to host the U.S. launch of the Bardi’s Bowl Chair. Join us on Monday, June 15, for a reception featuring opening remarks by Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis, and Claudio Feltrin, CEO of Arper.

Originally designed by Lina Bo Bardi in 1951, Bardi’s Bowl Chair has been produced by Arper, in partnership with the Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi in Sao Paulo, in a limited edition of 500.

Photo by: Marco Covi.

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Bardi's Bowl Chair


For more information on the exhibition, Lina Bo Bardi: Together, click here.



Will Guthrie
Lampo Performance Series
Jun 13, 2015, 8pm

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Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie will present his powerful solo percussion work in a rare U.S. appearance at the Graham Foundation on Saturday, June 13.


Will Guthrie is an Australian drummer and percussionist living in France. He works in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation, and studio composition, using various combinations of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification, and electronics. In addition to his solo work, Guthrie plays in The Ames Room (with Jean-Luc Guionnet and Clayton Thomas), Elwood & Guthrie (with Scott Stroud), and Thymolphthalein (with Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson, Clayton Thomas and Jérôme Noetinger).  He also runs Antboy Music—the experimental improvised CD label—and is part of the collective CABLE#. Regular collaborators past and present include Jean-Philippe Gross, Julien Ottavi, Jérôme Noetinger, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Keith Rowe, David Maranha, and Anthony Pateras.


This performance is presented in partnership with Lampo. Founded in 1997, Lampo is a non-profit organization for experimental music and intermedia projects. Visit

Please Note: RSVP is required, and event entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please plan to arrive early. Doors will open at 7:30PM.



2015 Grants to Individuals Announcement
May 27, 2015, 6pm

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On May 27, the Graham Foundation will announce its 2015 Grants to Individuals with a public presentation and reception at 6pm CDT at the historic Madlener House in Chicago. During this special program, which will be broadcast online via live streaming, we will announce over $490,000 in grants to individuals around the world to support new and challenging ideas in architecture. The event will also include presentations by a selection of our new grantees about their Graham-supported work in progress.

Join us in Chicago or via Live Streaming!
6pm CDT Awards Announcement
7-8pm CDT Reception

Watch the program on YouTube Live by clicking here.



Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream
May 20, 2015, 6pm

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MAS Context, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, is pleased to present a screening of the film Josep Lluís Sert: A Nomadic Dream.

The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of Josep Lluís Sert, a talented architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, Sert fled Spain during the Civil War and immigrated to the United States where he lived for almost forty years. Sert had a connection to Chicago as he was part of the Graham Foundation Advisory Board when the institution was founded in 1956.

The film features never before seen archival footage as well as interviews with contemporaries of Sert including Rafael Moneo (architect), Robert Campbell (architect, journalist, 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner, and former colleague of Sert), Robert Gardner (filmmaker, former Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and personal friend of Sert), and Gerald & Nina Holton (personal friends of Sert and current owners of the Sert home in Cambridge).

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Josep Lluis Sert / A Nomadic Dream


Unless otherwise noted,
all events take place at:

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place, Chicago
The Graham Foundation galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11-6PM.

Directions to Madlener House


Events are held in the ballroom on the third floor which is only accessible by stairs.
The first floor of the Madlener House is accessible via an outdoor lift. Please call 312.787.4071 to make arrangements.