SACRA program awarded NEA OUR TOWN Grant

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.

UB Architecture Studio presents "Chapel of Lost Aedicules"

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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.  

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Acquires Graphic Suite by Dennis Maher

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 Participates in SPOLIA Symposium at Cornell University

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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.