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New York’s the Shed Commissions Fifty-Two Artists to Create Work in 2019

Alex Poots, artistic director and CEO of the Shed—a new visual and performing arts center currently being built in Manhattan—announced today that fifty-two New York­–based emerging artists and collectives have been commissioned to create new work as part of its inaugural Open Call program. The institution received proposals that push the boundaries of six creative disciplines: design, visual arts, music, performing arts, literary arts, and cinema, and selected artists who have not yet had the opportunity to make work for a large cultural institution.

Co-organized by senior curator Emma Enderby and chief civic program officer Tamara McCaw, Open Call will provide each artist with a stipend of between $7,000 and $15,000, depending on the scope of the proposed project, in addition to institutional support and other resources for developing their work. Once completed, the pieces will be presented in the Shed’s black-box theater and open-air plaza beginning in late spring.

“We launched Open Call with the intent of creating a meaningful opportunity for emerging artists to make new work,” McCaw said. “A fundamental part of our mission is to engage our local communities and support New York City’s diversity of talent. Open Call provides the resources local artists need to fully explore their ideas, as well as the platform for reaching higher levels of visibility with new audiences.” 

The full list of artists participating in Open Call is as follows:

Tariq Al-Sabir
Justin Allen
Troy Anthony
Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Vicente Hansen Atria and Mat Muntz
Caitlin Blanchfield and Farzin Lotfi-Jam
Kim Brandt
Maia Chao
Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand
Onyedika Chuke
Gabriela María Corretjer-Contreras
nicHi douglas
The Extrapolation Factory
Avram Finkelstein
Fana Fraser
Moko Fukuyama
Ebony Noelle Golden
Yulan Grant
Hugh Hayden
Prince Harvey
Madeline Hollander
Maryam Hoseini and Phoebe d’Heurle
The Illustrious Blacks
It’s Showtime NYC!
Ayesha Jordan
Tahir Carl Karmali
Richard Kennedy
Sam Lavigne
Maya Lee-Parritz
Kyle Marshall
Asif Mian
Troy Michie
Tyler Mitchell
Neil Padukone
Kelsey Pyro
daaPo reo
Saint Abdullah
Farideh Sakhaeifar
Rachika Samarth
Richard Sears, Clara Cullen, Yael Ginosar, and Ethan Braun
Alice Sheppard and Kinetic Light
Harold “Fyütch” Simmons
Analisa Teachworth
Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina)
Mariana Valencia
Jon Wang
Julia Weist
Kiyan Williams
Nia O. Witherspoon
Thanushka Yakupitiyage
Yatta Zoker (YATTA)