Pre-Opening Commissions

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. We will announce further programmatic updates over the course of the next year.

Flex NYC

The Shed will launch 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.

Flexn artists, Photo by Sodium for MIF 2015
Flexn artists, Photo by Sodium for MIF 2015
  • Academy for Young Writers (Brooklyn)
  • ARTs East New York (Brooklyn)
  • Hammels Cornerstone (Queens)
  • Ingersoll Community Center (Brooklyn)
  • Landmark High School (Manhattan)
  • Marble Hill Cornerstone (Brooklyn)
  • Ocean Bay Cornerstone (Queens)
  • Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare (Brooklyn)
  • Young Minds COMPASS Program (Brooklyn)

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 31st 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.

If you are interested in participating in Schema for a School please apply here.

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.