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NYC’s the Shed Announces Inaugural Programming

According to Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times, New York City’s the Shed, formerly named Culture Shed—a nonprofit visual and performing arts center that is being built on the far West Side—has announced its inaugural programming.

Billed as an international center for artistic and cultural innovation that will present works by artists in film, fashion, video, performing arts, culinary arts, music, and publishing, the Shed’s first commissions include work by conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. “Since Weiner once worked on the docks, I just felt like he understood the past, present, and future of that part of the city,” Alex Poots, the Shed’s artistic director and chief executive, said. Poots also agreed to a three-year collaboration with Reggie Gray and the D.R.E.A.M. (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) Ring that will involve a citywide residency for young artists, called FlexNYC.

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the 200,000-square-foot venue will boast six floors with two 25,000-square-foot gallery spaces, a five-hundred-seat theater, an event and rehearsal space, and a free lab for the creation of new work. It will feature a “telescoping” shell that can expand the building when needed to provide large-scale indoor and outdoor programming. The complex is less than $100 million short of raising the $425 million it needs to cover construction costs and is expected to open in 2019.