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 Shed launched its first commission in fall 2016. FlexNYC, led by Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) flexn dancers is a three-year citywide dance activism program. FlexNYC will establish partnerships between New York City school students and emerging and early-career artists who together will explore issues of social justice through flexn, a form of street dance with roots in the Jamaican Bruk Up found in dance and reggae halls in Brooklyn. The FlexNYC program also will inform the creation of a new work to be presented by The Shed.
The Shed also has commissioned Bronx-born artist Lawrence Weiner, a founding figure of Conceptual art, to create a major new work that will be unveiled when the building opens.
Currently under construction on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot, six-level structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The radically flexible design of the performative structure can physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work. Purpose-built to complement The Shed’s programmatic vision, the building is designed to operate in various configurations and to offer multiple events simultaneously.
The Shed’s six-level fixed building includes two large scale, column-free galleries that provide 25,000 square feet of museum-quality space; a 500-seat theater, event and rehearsal space; and a free lab for early-career local artists to experiment. The building is able to expand and contract by rolling the telescoping shell on rails. When the shell is nested over the fixed building, the 20,000 square-foot plaza will be open public space that also can be used for outdoor programming.
The telescoping outer shell deploys over the adjoining plaza to provide a 120- foot-high, light-, sound- and temperature-controlled hall that can serve an infinite variety of needs and uses including a theater seating 1,250 or a standing audience of 3,000.
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, EA to COO & Associate Director
Maryann Jordan, Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Levine, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Maggie MacTiernan, Executive Coordinator to Artistic Director/CEO
Tamara McCaw, Director of Partnership Productions
Rachel Patterson, Development Associate
Kevin Slavin, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer
María Fernanda Snellings, Assistant Producer of Partnership Productions
Mimi Taft, Head of Special Projects
Annabel Thompson, EA 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
The Building: The 200,000-square-foot, six-level center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, is situated on New York City-owned land at West 30th Street where the High Line meets Hudson Yards. The Shed is able to expand and contract with a telescoping outer shell that creates an expansive 20,000-square-foot plaza of public space.
The Work: The Shed has commissioned Bronx-born artist Lawrence Weiner, a founding figure of Conceptual art, to create a major new artwork that will be unveiled when the building opens. It also will begin a collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring flexn dancers to form a free, three-year citywide dance activism residency program for young people that will inform a new work to be presented by The Shed.
The 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.
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 is scheduled to be completed this spring, after which work will 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.
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)
Official Press Release
Alex Poots to Be Culture Shed’s Artistic Director
NYTimes (November 2014)
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