New Year, New Work

Fifty-two emerging New York artists chosen for The Shed’s inaugural year

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New cultural hub, The Shed, announced the 52 artists selected for its first program, Open Call, which begins next spring. (Scott Rudd Events/The Shed)
New cultural hub, The Shed, announced the 52 artists selected for its first program, Open Call, which begins next spring. (Scott Rudd Events/The Shed)

Ahead of its spring 2019 opening, The Shed has selected 52 emerging artists in New York City for its inaugural Open Call program. The cultural organization announced the news on Monday, unveiling the chosen individual artists and collectives and how their work will be integrated into Open Call.

“We launched Open Call with the intent of creating a meaningful opportunity for emerging artists to make new work,” said Tamara McCaw, chief civic program officer at The Shed. “A fundamental part of our mission is to engage our local communities and support New York City’s diverse talent.”

The Shed Rockwell Group

The Shed, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group (Ed Lederman/Courtesy Rockwell Group)

Each artist, either local to New York or showing work in the city, will be allocated a stipend between $7,000 and $15,000 based on the scope of their proposed projects. The commissioned work will be displayed throughout The Shed’s principal performance venues, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, during the 2019 spring–winter season. Theater and dance performances will be held inside the building’s black-box theater, while art, sculpture, and other mediums will be situated within the 12,5000-square-foot, column-free Gallery 1. Larger-scale performances, also including theater and dance, as well as bigger art pieces will be shown in the 17,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor plaza.

Over 900 applications were submitted for Open Call over a three-month period starting last March. A panel of nearly 30 New York–based designers, filmmakers, academics, artists, and performers came together to review the proposals, including The Shed’s main staff. All exhibitions and programs on view during its first year will be free and open to the public.

You can learn more about the artists and their planned work here.

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