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Wednesday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
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Graham Foundation

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.

In addition to a grant program that supports projects by individuals and organizations around the world, the Graham Foundation has presented an important program of exhibitions and lectures for over fifty years. Major figures such as Reyner Banham, Buckminster Fuller, Louis Kahn, Rem Koolhaas, Paul Rudolph, James Stirling and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown among many others, have lectured at the Graham Foundation. The exhibition program has included monographic exhibitions on Pritzker Prize winners such as Richard Meier, Richard Rogers and Kenzo Tange. In 1965, the Graham Foundation Director John Entenza opened the first exhibition at the Madlener House: Architecture without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky, originally produced by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Foundation commissioned Chicago-based designer Ania Jaworska to design a bookshop that is installed in the former dining room of the Madlener House. The Graham Foundation Bookshop offers a selection of publications produced by the Foundation’s grantees, titles related to its public programming, and also rare and historically significant publications on architecture, urbanism, art, and associated fields. In addition to relevant monographs, exhibition catalogues, research, and theory-based titles, the Graham Foundation Bookshop carries an extensive collection of local and international periodicals.

  • SEP 16, 2019–JAN 11, 2020

    Graham Foundation

    Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living

    Mexico City-based architecture office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio presents and immersive installation that transforms a former domestic space to explore new forms of collectivity.

    Featuring a collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation and projects by Archeworks, Colectivo 1050˚, Cultural Reproducers, Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, Stefan Gruber, Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies, and The Weaving Mill, among others.

    Tatiana Bilbao founded her eponymous studio in 2004, where her work analyzes its immediate context, creating architecture through a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio’s work ranges from masterplans to an affordable sustainable house typology. She has taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Harvard GSD and Columbia GSAPP.

    Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s architectural work includes: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco; the Biotechnological Center; the Sustainable House, the social housing prototype displayed at the 2015 Chicago Biennial that costs under $8,000. Tatiana’s work has been recognized internationally with awards such as the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2014 and published in A+U, GA Houses, Domus, and The New York Times, among others.

    This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

    Exhibition Free