The emerging technology of 3-D projection mapping, which can turn entire buildings into mammoth canvases for digital artists, is taking hold in Buffalo. Earlier this week, a Montreal company screened a series of test projections on the side of a grain elevator for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, wowing local officials and crowds who assembled to watch the test.
And tonight, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) will host its first-ever 3-D projection event, “Illuminate AK.” It will take place on the Delaware Park side of the gallery, facing Hoyt Lake. The event, part of the museum’s ongoing 150th anniversary celebration, will tell “the story of the gallery’s history and famed collection,” according to a release.
To pull off the spectacle, the Albright-Knox has hired the video-mapping artist Daniel Hartnett, who has worked on projection projects with David Bowie and the Beastie Boys and as an editor for the artist Nam June Paik. He has collaborated with gallery curator Holly E. Hughes and digital media manager Kelly Carpenter to produce the program, which will screen at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. tonight. For more information, call 882-8700 or visit
– Colin Dabkowski