The SACRA program kicks off with a celebratory event for students, instructors, sponsors and leaders in affiliated construction and development industries.
The Society for the Advancement of Construction Related Arts (SACRA) has welcomed its first class of trainees to its headquarters at Assembly House. Participants in the SACRA program will receive hands-on instruction in carpentry/woodworking over the course of 15 weeks through SACRA's unique project-based curriculum.
The SACRA program, a collaboration between Assembly House 150 and the Innovation Lab of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, have been recommended for a grant of $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. SACRA will bring together local tradespeople, developers, craftspeople, artists, and artisans to teach trainees key skills in high demand within the construction market today. The Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS) will play a vital role in this ongoing project as the recruiter for student participants.
A fundraiser at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery brought together developers, architects, contractors and other business owners in order to draw attention to the need for skills training in carpentry and construction.
Graduate students of architecture at University at Buffalo presented their semester-long project, an installation comprised of 14 distinct new "aedicules" within the ASSEMBLY HOUSE 150 building. Under the direction of Dennis Maher, the students designed and constructed a temporary chapel that reproduced parts of the surrounding building. Guest critics for the final review included Michael Oatman from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Mark Morris and Daniel Salomon form Cornell University. Read more in the Projects section of this website.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has acquired the first edition of Dennis Maher's "House Anamnesis", a suite of seven digital collages printed on canvas. Works in this suite propose the walls, floors, and ceilings of Maher's ever-evolving FARGO HOUSE as agents of hallucinatory self-reflection. The prints are generated through the repetitive layering and excavation of the house's digital archive, including photographs and drawings that record the house's various states of transformation.
Dennis Maher was an invited speaker at the 2014 Preston Thomas Memorial Lecture Series at Cornell University. From the press release: "The symposium will be exploring the subject of ancient phenomenon of spolia and its relevance to our present need for more sustainable and resilient human patterns of habitation...Spolia refers to using scavenged materials for new (and often originally unintended) purposes in constructed environments. This practice is millennia old, dating back to Ancient Egypt and perhaps beyond. Both extremely pragmatic and symbolically charged, spolia is a complex phenomenon; beyond mere recycling, it also has social, cultural, and even political dimensions...The purpose of the symposium is to examine these complicated but productive relationships embedded in spolia in order to better understand its potential in contemporary design practice, art, history and preservation, material science, and formation of culture." Read more here.
The doors of the former Immaculate Conception Church at 150 Edward Street have been closed for many years. The building will soon open again as the site of a unique social enterprise that combines art, architecture and education. Read the story in the Buffalo News.