From Kiev to Los Angeles, from mind-bending artist Dan Graham to stately architect Kevin Roche, the Graham Foundation has announced the 49 international winners of its 2015 Grants to Organizations. Each year, the Foundation gives out two sets of grants: one for individuals including architects, writers, and artists, and one specifically for organizations, such as museums, universities, publishers, and trusts. The grant categories include film, exhibitions, public programs, and publications. This year, $496,500 was awarded to 49 winners from a competitive pool of 200 entries featuring both emerging and established organizations.
In keeping with the Graham Foundation's mission to foster innovative explorations of architecture and art, the winning projects encompass a variety of perceptual and investigative terrain, from the MoMA's exploratory exhibition on Toyo Ito, SANAA and other Japanese architectural firms, to the creation of several new projects for this fall's Chicago Architecture Biennial, featuring architects David Adjaye, Dublin-based A2 Architects and Ryan Kennihan, among others.
Thanks to the Graham, Chicago's Millennium Park will also become the site of a sound installation during the Biennial, commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio and composed by Olivia Block, based on the posthumous "sonambient" sound sculptures designed by Harry Bertoia. Publisher Primary Information has secured funding to display a rare audio cassette recording of a Dan Graham piece, also combining elements of music, architecture and performance. Another grantee, U.K.-based Wavelength Pictures, plans to complete a documentary on Kevin Roche entitled "The Quiet Architect".
Organizations in Chicago, London, New York and Los Angeles received the lion's share of grants. In Los Angeles, the MAK Center has received the funding to mount an exhibit curated by critic and scholar Sylvia Lavin, entitled "Man and Machine", which explores how the spaces in which we design the built world (such as studios, offices, and ateliers) define architecture as a creative practice. Meanwhile, Materials and Applications will serve as the site for "The Kid Stays Out of the Picture: Three Acts toward a Picturesque in Review", a show that explores how words alter the relationships among architecture, image, audience and program in the works of Andrew Holder, Andrew Atwood, and Jason Payne.
In New York, Anyone Corporation's publication Log: "Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City" received funding, as did the Storefront for Art & Architecture's public program "World Wide Storefront," which aims to "connect, expose, and empower alternative projects that go beyond ideological and disciplinary boundaries." Chicago-based projects include the Lampo concert series, which features the world's top "sonic experimentalists" and the publication MAS Context, a quarterly design journal focused on urban context which examines one issue through the eyes of multiple participants.
London's The Serpentine Gallery also received funding for its annual Pavilion, which in its fifteen year span has become a kind of reliable architectural think-piece, elevating little known architects to international recognition and helping established designers explore new conceptual ground.
A complete list of all the grantees follows: