The Shed, a state of the art cultural institution located at the south side of New York’s Hudson Yards development, is singlehandedly changing the creative landscape of New York City.
Spearheaded by the infallible Alex Poots, The Shed’s visionary Artistic Director and CEO, this independent, non-profit organization’s unique mission is to commission, produce, and present a wide range of activities in the performing arts, visual arts and pop culture space, all under one exceedingly flexible roof, quite literally.
The building alone is a work of true genius, conceptually based on an unrealized project dubbed the ‘Fun Palace’ devised by leading 20th century architect Cedric Price – eponym of the building’s Danny Meyer-run café, Cedric’s – in which Price envisioned their being a highly adaptable structure that utilizes new-age technology to maintain unprecedented control over the building’s interior environment.
Designed by leading architects Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and David Rockwell of Rockwell Group, The Shed is a kinetic structure, featuring a retractable shell that spatially adapts to suit all types of programming, be it large-scale performances, installations, events and concerts.
Throughout the building’s expansive six levels exists a 500-seat theater, over 25,000 feet of gallery space, an entire floor devoted to events, rehearsals and artistic development, as well as The McCourt, The Shed’s most iconic space, which is formed when the building’s moveable shell is deployed over the adjoining plaza to create an environment suited for large-scale performances, equipped to accommodated from 1,200 to over 2,000 guests.
The unparalleled flexibility of The Shed’s structure fosters unseen levels of collaboration between individuals at the height of every creative field. Where else in the world could artist Gerhard Richter, composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt, singer Björk, soprano Renée Fleming, actor Ben Whishaw come together under a single roof, along with the work of poet Anne Carson and director Steve McQueen.
The Shed, set to open on April 5, 2019, is where art, performance, film, fashion, food and culture collide. Best to not to miss this momentous moment for New York City, be sure to reserve your tickets NOW, The Shed is a Must Go!