New York’s new center for artistic invention to open in 2019

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
New York’s new center for artistic invention to open in 2019

The Shed will be a new center for artistic invention in New York. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, The Shed will commission and present new work by artists across many disciplines, including music, art, dance and performance art. The Shed will be adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and border the Public Square and Gardens.

New York’s new center for artistic invention to open in 2019

The Shed will be a new center for artistic invention in New York. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, The Shed will commission and present new work by artists across many disciplines, including music, art, dance and performance art. The Shed will be adjacent to 15 Hudson Yards and border the Public Square and Gardens.

The Shed’s most notable design feature is a telescoping outer shell that deploys over the plaza adjoining the building to provide a 120-foot-high, temperature-controlled hall. As the building expands and contracts, it can work in many configurations, welcoming multiple events simultaneously. When the shell is nested over the fixed building, the 17,000-square-foot plaza will be open public space that can be used for outside programming.

15 Hudson Yards is directly on the High Line and adjacent to The Shed. The new independent institution will be housed in an innovative 200,000-square-foot building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group.

"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." - from the Shed's statement on the site.

Rendering of The Shed and Lawrence Weiner’s IN FRONT OF ITSELF courtesy of Diller Scofido + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group

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.

View from 30th Street looking northwest. The Shed’s most notable design feature is a telescoping outer shell that deploys over the plaza adjoining the building to provide a 120-foot-high, temperature-controlled hall.

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