The Shed Names Its Innovative Home The Bloomberg Building and Two of Its Major Spaces The Tisch Skylights and The Tisch Lab
NEW YORK, January 9, 2019—Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO of The Shed, announced today that the new nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to commissioning, developing, and presenting original works of art, across all disciplines, for all audiences, will launch its opening season on April 5, 2019. New York City’s new arts center, designed for 21st-century artists and audiences, will present world premiere works in the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture in its innovative, movable building when it opens its doors to the public on Manhattan’s west side. Poots also announced the honorary naming of The Shed’s building and two of its major spaces in recognition of visionary supporters of the project, four additional artistic commissions for the first half of the opening season, and information about operating hours and tickets.
“We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,” said Poots. “Beginning on April 5, 2019, The Shed’s community of neighbors, New Yorkers, and visitors from around the world will come together to experience the widest range of art forms in spaces that can accommodate artists’ most inventive and ambitious ideas.”
In recognition of the transformative vision and leadership of Michael R. Bloomberg, The Shed’s building, located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, has been named The Bloomberg Building. Chairman of The Shed’s Board of Directors Daniel L. Doctoroff said, “Nearly 15 years ago, Mayor Mike Bloomberg had the vision to embark on a complete transformation of Manhattan’s west side, and he had the foresight to know the Hudson Yards area needed a cultural anchor to ensure a vibrant and accessible future. The Shed is key to that vision, opening this April with an inaugural season that celebrates and showcases local and international creativity across all disciplines. In honor of Mike Bloomberg’s extraordinary leadership in nurturing the project, The Shed’s Board of Directors is proud to name our remarkable home The Bloomberg Building.”
The Shed also announced a gift of $27.5 million from Jonathan M. Tisch, Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors, and his wife, Lizzie Tisch. Their generous gift supports the building’s construction and includes a $10 million challenge grant to a newly formed Commissioning Fund, an initiative to support the creation of new work at The Shed. In their honor, two major spaces on the building’s top level—a 9,500-square-foot skylit event and artist rehearsal space, and a lab for artistic development and experimentation—have been named The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Skylights and The Tisch Lab.
“Lizzie and I are proud to support the construction of this exceptional building, while also providing Alex and his outstanding team the resources necessary to commission artists from around the world to create the most ambitious and risk-taking work possible,” said Jonathan Tisch. “He has put together a spectacular program, and our intention is to challenge others to join us to support an effort that is not only worthwhile but tremendously exciting and important for New York City and beyond.”
“I am awestruck by the generosity and commitment of the Tisches,” added Doctoroff. “Not only are they preeminent philanthropists but, most importantly, their forward-thinking leadership seeks to imagine a cultural institution that brings wide-ranging audiences and creative voices together under one roof.”
To date, The Shed has raised $488 million toward its capital campaign goal of $550 million, which includes building costs, organizational start-up expenses, and a newly formed Commissioning Fund, an initiative to support the creation of new work at The Shed.
Opening Season Commissions
Previously announced opening season commissions include Soundtrack of America, a five-night concert series celebrating the unrivaled impact of African American music, that will open The Shed on the evening of Friday, April 5. Conceived by acclaimed filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen and developed with a team of music visionaries and academic experts including Quincy Jones, Maureen Mahon, Dion ‘No I.D.’ Wilson, Tunji Balogun, and Greg Phillinganes, Soundtrack of America will be performed by a new generation of artists (through April 14). Three additional commissions will open on Saturday, April 6: Reich Richter Pärt, a live performance-exhibition pairing works by Gerhard Richter with a new composition by Steve Reich and an extant composition by Arvo Pärt (through June 2); Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, a partly spoken, partly sung dramatic work exploring the lives and myths of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy by poet Anne Carson, starring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming, directed by Katie Mitchell (through May 19); and an exhibition of extant and newly commissioned work by artist Trisha Donnelly (through May 30).
Other 2019 commissions include: Björk’s Cornucopia, the multi-disciplinary artist’s first concert developed with theater collaborators, directed by John Tiffany (May 6 – June 1); Open Call, an unprecedented opportunity for 52 New York City-based emerging artists and collectives to develop and showcase their work throughout The Shed’s primary spaces (May 30 – August 25, and continuing in 2020); Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a futuristic kung fu musical co-conceived by Chen Shi-Zheng and Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, with songs by Sia remixed by Arca and The Haxan Cloak, choreography by Akram Khan, and production design and costumes by Tim Yip (June 22 – July 27); and an expansive exhibition devoted to extant and newly commissioned work by Agnes Denes (Fall 2019).
Additional commissions for the second half of the 2019 opening season will be announced later this year.