The Shed, a performance and exhibition space slated to open in New York in 2019, has announced the 52 artists and collectives that have been commissioned to produce new artworks for its inaugural “Open Call” program. Featuring emerging New York City–based artists, the Shed’s presentation of Open Call works begins during the institution’s 2019 season and will continue into 2020.
Depending on the scope of their project, each artist will receive a stipend between $7,000 and $15,000 as well as “space, support, and resources to develop their work,” according to a release. Work commissioned for “Open Call”—which is co-organized by Emma Enderby, the Shed’s senior curator, and Tamara McCaw, its chief civic program officer—will be on view in the space’s black-box theater, its 12,500-square-foot gallery, and the 17,000 square-foot open-air plaza in front of the building.
McCaw said in a statement, “We launched ‘Open Call’ with the intent of creating a meaningful opportunity for emerging artists to make new work. A fundamental part of our mission is to engage our local communities and support New York City’s diversity of talent. ‘Open Call’ provides the resources local artists need to fully explore their ideas, as well as the platform for reaching higher levels of visibility with new audiences.”
The Shed received over 900 applications for “Open Call,” and the participating artists were selected by panels of artists, cultural programmers, producers, and academics. Among the panelists were Enderby; McCaw; Alex Poots, artistic director and CEO of the Shed; Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries and the Shed’s senior program adviser; Simon Castets, director of the Swiss Institute; curator and art historian Xin Wang; and artist and filmmaker Leilah Weinraub.
Poots said in a release, “Our programs are built on the belief that there is parity across all forms of art and human creativity. ‘Open Call’ is the Shed’s way of offering support and valuable resources to artists in New York City who are working at pivotal stages in their careers.”
The artist list for “Open Call” follows in full below.
Haley Elizabeth Anderson
Vicente Hansen Atria and Mat Muntz
Caitlin Blanchfield and Farzin Lotfi-Jam
Daniel Chew and Micaela Durand
Gabriela María Corretjer-Contreras
The Extrapolation Factory
Ebony Noelle Golden
Maryam Hoseini and Phoebe d’Heurle
It’s Showtime NYC!
The Illustrious Blacks
Tahir Carl Karmali
Richard Sears, Clara Cullen, Yael Ginosar, and Ethan Braun
Alice Sheppard and Kinetic Light
Harold “Fyütch” Simmons
Christopher Udemezue (Neon Christina)
Nia O. Witherspoon
Yatta Zoker (YATTA)