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Chicago, Illinois 60610
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Judy Ledgerwood, preparatory studies for 'Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation,' 2013

Judy Ledgerwood Opening Reception
Jan 23, 2014, 6pm

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Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation.

For more information on the exhibition, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, click here.



View of the Graham Foundation bookshop designed by Ania Jaworska, Chicago, 2013. Photo Travis Roozée.

Bookshop Launch with Ania Jaworska & Holiday Book Sale
Dec 17, 2013, 6pm

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The Graham Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of its new architectural bookshop designed by Chicago-based Ania Jaworska. To celebrate, please join us for a reception and book sale. All books will be discounted up to 20% off or more!

Located in the former dining room of the foundation’s historic Madlener House, a 1901 Prairie style mansion in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Jaworska’s installation is comprised of four bold mesh structures that display books and periodicals from the fields of architecture, design, art, and culture. In addition to recent hard to find publications, many titles are by the Graham Foundation’s international community of grantees and others are related to the Foundation’s exhibition program.

Ania Jaworska is an architect and educator. She currently teaches art, design, and architecture courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a master's degree in architecture from the Cracow University of Technology in Poland as well as the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Her practice focuses on exploring the connection between art and architecture and her work explores bold simple forms, humor and commentary on conceptual, historic, and cultural references. Jaworska’s work was recently presented as part of 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit in Common Ground, the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2012).

The installation was fabricated by Metal Magic.



Steve Hauschildt
Dec 07, 2013, 8pm

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Cleveland-based artist Steve Hauschildt premieres music made in part by gesture—translating movement into sound. In his first multimedia performance using Buchla Lightning as his instrument, Hauschildt will conduct “music in a three-dimensional field.” Designed by synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla, this specialized controller operates on the principles of optical triangulation. Tiny infrared transmitters, built into two handheld wands, transform data, including velocity, acceleration, and pitch, into MIDI signals that are sent directly to synthesizers and electronics, allowing Hauschildt to control the system through gesture as opposed to a traditional keyboard.

Steve Hauschildt (b. 1984, Cleveland, Ohio) is an electronic musician and founding member of the band Emeralds (2006-2013). He has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan and has collaborated with Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, Hollywood sound designer/composer Alan Howarth and Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes, among others. His discography includes Tragedy & Geometry (Kranky, 2011), Sequitur (2012) and most recently, S/H, (Editions Mego, 2013), a two-disc anthology of previously unreleased and rare works from the artist’s archives.


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



New Architecture Typologies (Proof 001). © WEATHERS / Sean Lally LLC.

The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come
Sean Lally
Dec 05, 2013, 6pm

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Architect Sean Lally will discuss his Graham-funded book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come (Lars Müller Publishers, 2013)—a speculation into an architecture produced by designing the energy within our environment (electromagnetic, thermodynamic, acoustic, and chemical). This architecture exchanges the walls and shells we have assumed to be the only type of attainable architecture for a range of material energies that develop shapes, aesthetics, organizational systems, and social experiences. In this world, energy emerges as more than the substance that simply fills the interior of a building or reflects off its outer walls. Instead, energy becomes its own enterprise for design innovation: it becomes the architecture itself.

Please join us for a reception and book signing in the Graham Foundation bookshop following the talk.

Sean Lally is the founder of Chicago-based design office WEATHERS/ Sean Lally LLC. Recent projects include proposals for the Gdansk Museum of WWII; an extension to the Stockholm City Library; and a proposal for the urban redevelopment of Reykjavik, Iceland. Lally was co-editor and contributor to Softspace (Routledge, 2007) and guest-editor of Energies: New Material Boundaries (Wiley Press, 2009). In 2011–12, he received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and in 2012, he received the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. He is currently assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture.



Dick Higgins: The Thousand Symphonies
Nov 21, 2013, 6pm

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The Graham Foundation is pleased to present a live performance of The Thousand Symphonies, a seminal work by Fluxus artist Dick Higgins. In 1962, Higgins wrote a series of events called Danger Music, which were designed to alternately put the body of the performer, composer, or audience member at risk. In 1968, he realized one of these pieces by having a New Jersey police officer fire a machine gun at a few hundred sheets of orchestral music paper. An ensemble later played the holes. An act of simultaneous destruction and creation, the gesture emphasized the use of guns for a purpose other than killing Viet Cong and scattering protestors.

Recently, Rosenthal Fine Art, in collaboration with the Dick Higgins Estate, arranged with the City of Chicago to have four Chicago Police officers shoot new notation paper. On November 21 at the Graham Foundation, a live orchestra led by Stephen Burns will play the new sheets following the presentation of a short film documenting their creation. The ensemble will borrow the form of Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale),with instruments from every section of the orchestra, plus electric guitar, which effectively updates the orchestration.

Special Thanks to the Chicago Police Department, James and Susan Allen, and to the Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble:

Stephen Burns, artistic director/conductor
Janice Misurell-Mitchell, flute
Lewis Kirk, bassoon
Jeremy Ruthrauff, saxophone
Andy Baker, trombone
Tina Laughlin, percussion
Alison Attar, harp
Steve Roberts, electric guitar
Reiko Seko, violin
Collins Trier, bass


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.