The Shed, the multi-disciplinary arts center that’s part of the Hudson Yards megaproject, isn’t due to debut for another year, but curious New Yorkers can get a peek at what it’ll offer as soon as this spring.
Beginning May 1, the Shed will offer free programming in a vacant lot on the corner of 30th Street and Tenth Avenue, which is owned by real estate bigwig Frank McCourt (who just so happens to be a “board member and founding supporter” of the arts center, according to a press release). Called “A Prelude to the Shed,” the two-week long event will feature concerts (including one headlined by Azealia Banks), dance battles, panels, and other performances.
The temporary space may not have the same starchitect power as the Shed itself—the larger venue is designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with the Rockwell Group—but it will echo the Shed’s malleable design. Architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Works designed the space, and calls it “an exploration of architecture as an extension of human body, culture, and environment” in a press release.
He continued, “Using simple technologies, we made the structure so that it can be moved and transformed by people, enabling its participation in different formats of art, education, events, and public life.”
Though programming will be free, reservations will be available beginning in April (some walk-ups will be accepted, too).
- The Shed [official]