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Jun 22, 2018

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.



Artist Torkwase Dyson will use the Graham Foundation galleries as both a site of installation and an incubator for discussion in her latest convening of the Wynter-Wells School—named for Jamaican writer Sylvia Wynter and American Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells.


This workshop asks participants to consider points of entry into urgent questions, such as what is global warming? What is climate change? How are they different and what do they have to do with uneven development and geography?

At a time when mass migration due to the effects of climate change has become a critical concern, artist, and designer Andres L. Hernandez, and artist and dancer Zachary Fabri guide workshop participants through exercises focusing on drawing as an interpretative act of movement. After the workshop, Hernandez and Fabri will present a new collaborative performance, followed by a panel discussion with Torkwase Dyson.

Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, drawing exercises, and discussion, this workshop led by Torkwase Dyson, in partnership with landscape architect Ron Henderson, investigates diverse sources of energy and their site-specific pros and cons. For example, what types of energy are available to us and why should we diversify and use less?


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Learn more about the inaugural fellows of the new Graham Foundation fellowship program.

Learn more about the 74 recently announced grantee projects representing a diverse group of individuals and collectives engaging original ideas that advance our understanding of the designed environment.


A comprehensive survey of conceptual artist Mel Chin’s work, this exhibition includes two new major commissions that spotlight his ongoing investigation into how power structures embedded in our built and lived environments can enact devastating tolls on vulnerable populations.


For this year's pavilion, Escobedo's design references the nearby Prime Meridian using three reflective water pools and light-pervading walls bordering an internal multi-purpose space, illuminated by changeable light as the sun makes its journey across the sky and through the structure’s permeated surfaces.

Dimensions of Citizenship challenges architects and designers to envision what it means to be a citizen today. Participants include Amanda Williams & Andres L. Hernandez in collaboration with Shani Crowe, Design Earth, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Keller Easterling, SCAPE, and Studio Gang.

Architecture critic Alexandra Lange investigates the histories of children’s human-made environment at all scales, from objects to landscapes, and reflects on how these fundamental elements may impact a child’s thinking and development.

This exhibition investigates the architectural history of Bangladesh. Conceived as a "learning from" experience, it is an invitation to contemplate and discuss architecture, and to encourage a cultural exchange. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

; ; Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Pavilion 2018 Serpentine Gallery, London. © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura. Photo: Iwan Baan.