The first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce,
and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture

Mission and Program

What is The Shed? In this video, artists and The Shed’s chairman, artistic director and CEO, and architects envision what it will be.

Photo of FlexNYC students by David Volluci.
The Shed’s artistic program has already begun with a free, citywide dance activism program for young people, FlexNYC, in collaboration with Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring. 

Building

Animation courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
This fly-through animation shows how The Shed can transform to create dynamic spaces for the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.

 

The Shed's movable shell, May 2017. Photo by Tim Schenck.
The Shed’s shell moved for the first time in May. Work is now focused on the facades of the shell and base building, and on the building’s interior spaces.
Rendering courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.
The Shed’s unique and flexible building can physically transform to support artists’ visions and the work they create—from hip hop to classical music, visual art to literature, film to theater and dance—with collaborations across these disciplines and beyond, all under one roof.  

 

A Prelude to

May 1–13, 2018

  • ABRA
  • Kunlé Adeyemi
  • Arca
  • Azealia Banks
  • William Forsythe
  • Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
  • Tino Sehgal
10th Ave and 31st St

Admission is free. Please register below to be notified when online reservations are available in April, or visit the Prelude site in May for walk-up entry.

From May 1 to 13, The Shed will present A Prelude to The Shed, a free, multi-arts event on an undeveloped lot at Tenth Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan, one block from our permanent home opening in 2019.

A transformable structure is as vital to the architecture of Prelude as it is for The Shed, a building designed to flexibly accommodate multiple artistic disciplines under one roof. Kunlé Adeyemi of NLE Works has collaborated closely with Tino Sehgal to design a temporary space in which dancers move and reconfigure the structure in a fluid integration of architecture and choreography.

Over the course of these two weeks, each day’s events will be seamlessly connected by Seghal’s This variation, an immersive dance/sound piece, which will in turn be interwoven with a new work by William Forsythe commissioned for Prelude—a radical reimagining of his seminal 1987 ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.

The Shed’s pre-opening dance commission, FlexNYC, will present several dance battles. On multiple evenings Prelude will feature a series of live solo concerts by Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter ABRA; Venezuelan electronic music producer, DJ, and songwriter Arca; and New York-based rapper and singer-songwriter Azealia Banks.

Artist Asad Raza will lead an experimental school each morning, based on his ongoing work Schema for a School. Panels on alternate evenings will focus on new institutional models for the 21st century: the politics of ritualized gatherings, and the role of art and culture in social connectivity. Scholar, writer, and curator Dorothea von Hantelmann organized the talks in collaboration with The Shed’s artistic advisor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Chief Science and Technology Officer, Kevin Slavin.

For more information about Schema, please email schema@theshed.org.

Frank H. McCourt, Jr., a board member and founding supporter of The Shed, generously donated the site for Prelude.

Prelude is programmed by Alex Poots, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Julia Simpson, Tamara McCaw, and Kevin Slavin.