NEW YORK’S NEW CENTER FOR ARTISTIC INVENTION
We will work with original artists and thinkers from across all art forms and disciplines to produce and present their new work to the widest range of audiences from NYC and around the world.
We will welcome those artists who take risks, advance their fields and address the significant issues of our time.
Our new building will open in spring 2019 on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards. It will feature versatile spaces for the broadest range of performance, music, visual art, multi-disciplinary work, events and a free lab for early career local artists to experiment.
As NYC’s first newly established 21st-century center for the arts, we will benefit from the latest technology, offering powerful opportunities for our artists and our audiences.
Before our building opens, we will produce and present a series of new works at other NYC sites.
The artistic program of The Shed has already begun with a free, citywide residency program in dance activism for young people, FlexNYC, in collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) flexn dancers. Through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, students explore issues of social justice while developing their capacity to express themselves and confront challenges. With the first year of the FlexNYC program now complete, it will expand later this year to all five boroughs, serving approximately 300 students at 20 sites. In addition to partnering with public schools and New York City Housing Authority community centers, FlexNYC will also begin to partner with the city’s Beacon youth programs to provide after-school activities.
The Shed’s first visual art commission is a large-scale, site-specific work by one of the world’s most influential artists, Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942). Fabricated with custom paving stones embedded in the building’s plaza—an area that will serve as a walkable outdoor area when the movable shell is nested over the fixed part of the building, or as the base of its largest program space when the shell is extended to the east—the 20,000-square-foot work is titled IN FRONT OF ITSELF and will feature the phrase in 12-foot-high letters.
With its variable program and spatial elasticity, The Shed can physically change at will. The building is spontaneous and responsive to myriad artistic ideas, and references Cedric Price’s unbuilt, “anti-building” of the 1960s, the Fun Palace.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the design for The Shed’s 200,000-square-foot home comprises an eight-level base structure and a telescoping outer shell. The base building holds two expansive, column-free galleries totaling 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space; a 500-seat black-box theater that can be subdivided into even more intimate spaces; event and rehearsal space; and a creative lab that will be provided free to early-career local artists.
The telescoping outer shell can be deployed over the adjoining 20,000-square-foot plaza to create a 17,000-square-foot light-, sound-, and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of artists’ needs and uses, including as a theater seating 1,250 people or a standing audience of up to 3,000 people. Its ceiling acts as a theatrical deck, allowing for rigging across the entire volume of space above performers and audiences, as well as light and sound control. When the space is not needed, the shell can nest over the base building, freeing the plaza for outdoor use and programming.
Alex Poots is the Founding Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed. For the last 20 years he has commissioned and presented a wide range of leading artists. Most recently, he was CEO and Artistic Director of the Manchester International Festival, as well as Artistic Director of the Park Avenue Armory. Artists he has worked with include Steve McQueen; Abida Parveen; Gerhard Richter with Arvo Pärt, Björk; Steve Reich and Kraftwerk; Martha Argerich; Tino Sehgal; Igor Levit with Marina Abramovic; Paul McCarthy; John Eliot Gardner with Brothers Quay; FKA Twigs; Karlheinz Stockhausen; Trisha Donnelly; Kenneth Branagh; Kanye West; Gayle Ross; Matthew Barney; Anohni; The xx; Zaha Hadid with Alina Ibragimova and Piotr Anderszewski; La Monte Young; James Brown; Ken Kesey; Alice Walker; and Flexn.
Laura Aswad, Producer
Laurie Beckelman, Associate Director
Elizabeth Berridge, Administrative Assistant
Meg Forsyth, Director of Graphic Design
Peter Gee, Chief Financial Officer
Sandra Klass Hueskes, Director of Individual Giving
Antonia Jones, Executive Assistant to COO
Maryann Jordan, Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Levine, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Maggie MacTiernan, Executive Coordinator to Artistic Director and CEO
Tamara McCaw, Director of Partnership Productions
Rachel Patterson, Development Associate
Kevin Slavin, Chief Science and Technology Officer
María Fernanda Snellings, Assistant Producer of Partnership Productions
Mimi Taft, Head of Special Projects
Annabel Thompson, Executive Assistant to Associate Director
Board of Directors
Daniel L. Doctoroff, Chairman & President
Christina Weiss Lurie
Frank H. McCourt, Jr.
Benjamin F. Needell Esq.
Stephen M. Ross
Andres Santo Domingo
Jonathan M. Tisch
Diane von Furstenberg
Honorable Alicia Glen
Deputy Mayor for Housing & Economic Development
Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito
Speaker of the New York City Council
Honorable Gale Brewer
Manhattan Borough President
Honorable Tom Finkelpearl
Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. The firm established its identity through theoretical and self-generated projects before leading significant architecture projects such as the redesign of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the High Line; and The Broad museum, which recently opened in downtown Los Angeles. For their commitment to merging art, architecture, and culture, founding partners Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were the first in the field of architecture to be recognized with the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Rockwell Group is a 250-person cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes invention and thought leadership. The studio merges architecture, theater, craftsmanship, and technology to create unique narratives for its work, which includes hospitality, luxury residential, airport terminals, and cultural institutions, set design, products, exhibitions, and festivals. Recent projects include the TED Theater (Vancouver, BC), NeueHouse (New York, Hollywood, and London), and set designs for On The Twentieth Century, Kinky Boots, and She Loves Me, for which David Rockwell won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design. Other honors include the AIA New York Chapter President’s Award, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the Presidential Design Award.
Levien & Company, Owner’s Representative
Sciame Construction, LLC, Construction Manager
Thornton Tomasetti, Structural Design,
Façade Engineering and Kinetic Engineering Services
Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B), MEP & Fire Protection Consultant
Funding: A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization, The Shed relies on a mix of philanthropic contributions and earned revenue to empower artists and partners to realize their greatest ambitions. On May 24, 2017, The Shed announced an extraordinary lead gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies of $75 million, bringing the total funds raised for the project to $421 million of the $500 million capital campaign goal.
Construction Status: In the fixed building, all main steel, concrete and fireproofing is now complete, and we are beginning rough-in work for all utilities. Major mechanical units are being put in place on the roof and in the adjacent tower. Primary steel installation in the movable shell has been completed. Work will soon begin on the façades for the shell and the fixed building. The project is on schedule for completion in late 2018 with the public opening anticipated in spring 2019.
Michael Bloomberg Gives $75 Million to Shed Arts Center
The New York Times (May 2017)
May 2017 Press Release
Flexing, a Street Dance Born in Brooklyn, Pushes Boundaries
The New York Times (December 2016)
How will the director of New York’s ambitious experimental cultural center change the city?
The New Yorker (December 2016)
Kinetic Buildings. Movable Feasts: Dynamic structures with large-scale operable elements adapt and transform, responding to changing needs.
Architectural Record (October 2016)
The Shed Announces Its First Art Commissions.
NYTimes (July 2016)
Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director
NYTimes (November 2014)
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