Manhattan arts center, The Shed, makes its debut 

Architects’ rendering of an aerial view of The Shed at night. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

NEW YORK (AP) – A new Manhattan center for the arts has opened to the public. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at The Shed, which will commission original works of art across all disciplines.

Formerly known as Culture Shed and Hudson Yards Cultural Shed, The Shed is located in the Bloomberg Building, adjacent to the northern leg of the High Line elevated park, near the Chelsea gallery district. It is attached to 15 Hudson Yards, a skyscraper within the Hudson Yards real estate development, although the Shed itself is located on city-owned land. The cultural center is maintained by an independent nonprofit cultural organization of the same name.

Construction on the Shed started in 2015, using a design from lead architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and collaborating architect Rockwell Group. The Shed features several architectural features, including a telescoping retractable shell that creates a space, named The McCourt, for large-scale performances, installations and events; a 500-seat theater; a creative lab and two levels of exhibition space.

The programming will debut with a concert series called “Soundtrack of America.” It celebrates the influence of African-American music on contemporary culture.

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