For more than a century, the arts have largely been presented apart from one another: in galleries and museums, concert halls and theaters. These centers of excellence allow artists to flourish within their own worlds, but they also build barriers that separate audiences, artists, and art forms.
The Shed will be different.
Located where the High Line meets Hudson Yards in Manhattan, The Shed will be the first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. From hip hop to classical music, visual art to literature, film to theater and dance, with collaborations across these disciplines and others, we will bring together leading artists from all art forms under one roof.
Our unique and flexible building and organization will dramatically transform to fit the artists’ visions and the work they create. The dynamism of our commissioning model will allow us to break down walls between cultural worlds and the diverse audiences that live within them.
The Shed will be driven by experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Our program will be international, created with co-commissioning partners around the globe—and local, with early-career New York artists taking up residency in our creative lab. Through collaborative projects with the MIT Media Lab, we will integrate science and technology in a way that no arts institution has previously attempted.
Just as the greatest cities thrive on integration and interdependence, so the greatest new art defines contemporary thought and anticipates the future. The Shed’s program will embody all these principles and possibilities, encouraging artists to create new lenses through which we can view our world today.
The Shed will be a place where the world’s leading artists and creative minds can make art that helps forge tomorrow’s world, and where audiences from all walks of life can experience this art together.