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Manhattan’s new arts space The Shed opens

Artists like Gerhard Richter, Trisha Donnelly and Steve McQueen will show commissions at the $475 million arts center in the Hudson Yards neighborhood.

For its inaugural season, the 200,000-square-foot arts space — designed by the firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group — has commissioned more than a dozen exhibitions, performances and lectures.

The lineup features both well-established and emerging artists from the worlds of performance and visual arts –offering a varied interdisciplinary programming. “We wanted this to be a building that could bring parity across pretty much all art forms,” said Alex Poots, the Shed’s artistic director and chief executive, in a statement.

For The Shed’s opening day on April 5, filmmaker Steve McQueen will debut his series “Soundtrack of America.” The project consists of five evening performances by emerging African-American musicians, exploring the roots of the art form.

Starting April 6, the center will also display three commissioned artworks: the installation “Reich Richter Pärt” with art by Gerhard Richter and music by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt; Anne Carson’s performance piece “Norma Jeane Baker of Troye,” starring Ben Wishaw and Renée Fleming; and a film by conceptual artist Trisha Donnelly.

Other much-awaited pieces featured in The Shed’s programming include Björk’s theatrical concert “Cornucopia”; the documentary “Cinta Amarilla”(“Yellow Tape”) about the artist Beatriz Gonzalez’s “Auras Anonimas” installation; and the kung fu musical “Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise” — featuring remixed songs by Sia.

Admission prices will vary depending on the event, but 10% of tickets for all performances will be available for $10 to low-income families — as part of The Shed’s focus on “equity and democratization.”

Additional information about The Shed’s programming can be found here.



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