The Graham Foundation announced over $560,000 in new grants for individuals around the world to support 72 innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture. Among the funded projects are exhibitions, publications, films, performances, and site-specific installations. These diverse projects advance new scholarships, fuel creative experimentation, critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.
This year’s awarded projects were selected from a competitive pool of nearly 700 submissions. The funded projects are being undertaken by individuals and collaborative teams—72 projects by 99 grantees representing 20 countries—who include architects, designers, curators, filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and writers from around the world.
The HAD associate professor Eva Díaz was selected after writing her new book, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College, released last year by the University of Chicago Press. The project examines how an interdisciplinary group of artists proposed new models of art practice around the concept of experimentation, and focuses on three key Black Mountain teachers in the late 1940s and early 1950s: Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller.
Offering a bold, compelling new angle on some of the most widely studied creative figures of modern times, The Experimenters does nothing less than rewrite the story of art in the mid-twentieth century.
To learn more about the 2017 Grants to Individuals, go to grahamfoundation.org.