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Mar 20, 2019

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.

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Current Exhibition

An exhibition tracing the emergence of architecture as a wellspring of creativity and theoretical exploration for the artist Arakawa (1936–2010) and poet and philosopher Madeline Gins (1941–2014).

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pita is Peter Rehberg. In this performance—his first US solo date in more than a decade—he offers a semi-improvised electronic music concert with a new modular set-up.

Johnson biographer and Graham grantee Mark Lamster will talk about the process of figuring out Johnson, and putting his story into narrative form for his new book, "The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson," Architect of the Modern Century.

Charles Bernstein, recipient of the 2019 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, reads poems from "Near/Miss" (University of Chicago Press, 2018), as well as works in response to Arakawa and Madeline Gins’ work, reflecting his decades-long friendship with the artists.

Join us for a panel discussion to launch the recently published Graham funded book Possible Mediums. The editors Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure, and Kyle Miller will exhibit and present the Possible Mediums book and will be joined in discussion by Zoë Ryan.

James Hoff’s work often relies on misusing technology as a generative act. For Lampo and the Graham Foundation, he presents a site-specific version of his most recent audiovisual project HOBO UFO , which uses a custom hack of Google Maps’ Street View to make the platform sound reactive.

As the 2018–19 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow, Anne Dessing has done research on architectural elements that divide space, such as walls, doors, windows, columns, fences, arches, and gates. Through a pictorial essay of architectural elements from Detroit, St Louis, and Chicago, she will tell a story about surreal situations in the Midwest.

Announcements

The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership in the launch of the Water Tower Arts District. The District convenes fifteen of Chicago’s renowned cultural organizations, all located within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue.

The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the Foundation's grantees, as well as titles related to its public programming and new, historically significant, and rare publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. Follow weekly arrivals and browse back stock here.

The deadline has passed. Thank you to all of the applicants for sharing their projects with us.

Congratulations to Brendan Fernandes, Martine Syms, Forensic Architecture, and Diane Simpson on their inclusion in the upcoming Whitney Biennial.
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GRANTEE NEWS

This installation centers on sound recordings, altered by the artist, that document the process of teaching artificial intelligence to recognize the sound of breaking windows. Recorded in an airplane hangar in the United Kingdom, thousands of windows were smashed, creating a discordant symphony. Recordings of the accompanying symposium are now available to view.

This original, comprehensive exhibition on the Portland, Oregon, architect Will Martin, designer of some of the city’s best-known modernist work, captures the full range of Martin’s creative and at times irreverent work as an architect, artist, writer, and imaginative thinker. The exhibition demonstrates the vibrant fusion between art and architecture as it played out in Martin’s built and unbuilt work, from his earliest projects in the late 1950s to his untimely death in 1985.

This exhibition examines the innovative architecture, construction, and planning of three cities built from scratch by the US government during World War II—Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford/Richland, Washington—in order to produce the first atomic bomb.

GRANTEE NEWS

The exhibition gathers original designs, concepts, and images from the initial collective of designers and architects behind the planned community on the rugged northern California coast, which represented an idealized vision of modern California living through shared common areas, embracing an ever-changing nature and architectural excellence.

Drawing on their research into the Street in Cairo attraction constructed for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, visual artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne developed a practice of "architecture-as-event," that is, an architecture entwined with its duration through labor and performance.

This exhibition of Tuazon’s new and recent work investigates the relationship between art, architecture, and environmental concerns towards the prototyping of new passive solar architectural systems based on the pioneering work of inventor and architect Steve Baer.

Premiering January 2019 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, this creative documentary feature is about the final days inside the so-called White Building—one of Cambodia’s first and only social housing complexes, designed by Khmer architect Lu Bun Hap and Ukrainian-French architect Vladimir Bodiansky in 1963—directed by Kavich Neang, a 30-year-old filmmaker who had lived his whole life inside the building prior to its 2017 demolition.

In this book from gta Verlag, Geiser reassesses the work of Swiss art historian and architecture critic Sigfried Giedion (1888–1968) through the lens of cultural transformation and processes of modernization, reconsidering his position and role in architectural discourse with a focus on his engagement in a transatlantic and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Slab City's 640 acres are slated to be sold by the state of California after existing for more than 150 years as public land. Though it is often called the "last free place," this settlement of artists, Canadian "snowbirds," and homeless persons on the concrete "slabs" of a decommissioned military base in Imperial County has instead existed in a state of play between the control of nature and the nature of control for almost six decades. Read on for more information about the research, the recent publication, and related reviews.

Arakawa and Madeline Gins, “Screen-Valve,” 1985-87. Graphite on paper. 30 x 22 1/2 in. Photo by Nicholas Knight. Courtesy Columbia GSAPP. © 2018 Estate of Madeline Gins. Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Madeline Gins; ; MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker), Condominium One, 1965. Courtesy of University of California Board of Regents, Environmental Design Archives at College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.