Good news for those eagerly awaiting their chance to visit The Shed, the massive arts venue that has risen rapidly on Manhattan’s west side. The nonprofit institution announced today that it will open on April 5, bringing new works across all disciplines — performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, poetry and popular culture — to New York audiences. The 200,000-square-foot facility, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with the Rockwell Group and located at Hudson Yards, contains a 500-seat theater that can be divided and converted into various smaller spaces, two galleries and event and rehearsal spaces. Its most dynamic feature, however, is a movable outer shell designed to mirror the building’s footprint that, within the span of five minutes, can be wheeled over an adjoining plaza to create The McCourt, a 17,000-square-foot space for large-scale performances, installations and events.
More than a dozen commissions from emerging and established artists have been announced for The Shed’s opening season, including an exhibition of work by Tony Cokes and Oscar Murillo; “Reich Richter Pärt,” a performance that pairs works by Gerhard Richter with compositions by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt; a multi-disciplinary concert by Björk developed with theater professionals and directed by John Tiffany; and “Powerplay,” a performance created by multimedia artist Latasha Alcindor (a.k.a. LATASHÁ) that incorporates hip hop, spoken word, dance and moving images.