Photograph courtesy Elizabeth Lutz, Downtown Alliance

Although it may not feel like it, spring has officially sprung. Get outside and enjoy the warm weather by visiting these new outdoor art installations, festivals, and exhibitions. From experiencing the newly opened Hudson Yards to watching a live stream of Earth from space on the Lower East Side, read more for not to miss art this month in New York City!

1. The Shed at Hudson Yards

The Shed at Hudson Yards will be officially open to the public on April 5, 2019 as a new indoor/outdoor center for the arts but we will be at the opening ceremony this morning (stay tuned for interior photos!). This groundbreaking structure designed by Diller, Scofio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect, will adapt and transform to accommodate all disciplines and all audiences.

The opening programming of The Shed features two art exhibits, an original musical performance and an original play. Soundtrack of America, a five night concert series will christen The McCourt with its premiere on April 5th. The series was created by Steven McQueen and explores the influence of African American music on contemporary culture. The art exhibitions include Reich Richter Partan immersive live performance installation which explores the relationship of visual art and music, and an installation of new work by artist Trisha Donelly. Inside the Griffin Theater there will be performances of Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, a spoken and sung performance piece written by Anne Carson and starring Ben Whishaw. Future performances include a staged concert by Björk and Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a Kung Fu musical based on audition footage of Bruce Lee and written by the writers of the animated movie Kung Fu Panda. The only permanent installation at The Shed is In Front of Itself by Lawrence Wiener. Weiner’s piece is a site-specific installation embedded in The Shed’s plaza.

The Shed is the latest structure to open at Hudson Yards, following the official grand opening of the new neighborhood on the far West Side of Manhattan, along with the opening of the Vessel.

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