A new space opened in New York’s Hudson Yards this weekend. The Shed has a new take
on many questions plaguing the city. As the project seeks to support collaborative creative processes, a couple of their questions transcend the concerns of urban planners, architects and event producers.
Talking to artists, curators, and venue owners about the latest trends, the architects of The Shed heard that today’s technology has enabled “artists working across disciplines” to create work “that didn’t fit neatly into traditional institutions.” They sought to create a structure that could support “ambition and invention in all creative fields.”
Their ambition included diversifying the audiences attending cultural events and hosting a wide variety of exhibits and performances. For their opening week, The Shed presents the Soundtrack of America
, “a five-night concert series celebrating the unrivaled impact of African American music on contemporary culture.” Future events include a new show from Björk and shows selected from over 900 responses to their call for work from early-career artists.
The team at The Shed wants to make sure everyone can find an event they want to see. Their mission
as they describe it:
“By minimizing social and economic barriers to entry we’ll make a warm, welcoming space for innovation and unique artistic experiences. By offering access and insight into the creative process, we’ll forge deep bonds between our artists and our audiences. Driven by our belief that access to art is a right, and not a privilege, we’ll present exciting, engaging experiences for our communities and our time.”
The Shed invites us all to re-think how we bring art to our communities and make it possible for everyone to participate.