The Shed, a new arts center located in the mixed-use Hudson Yards area on Manhattan's Far West Side, has announced a $45 million gift from board member Frank H. McCourt, Jr. and his family.
In recognition of the gift from the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Shed's largest and most iconic space — a 17,000-square-foot multi-use hall — will be named The McCourt. Formed by deploying an eight-million-pound movable shell over the building's adjoining plaza, The McCourt can accommodate audiences ranging from 1,250 seated to 3,000 standing and can be combined with adjacent gallery space to create a nearly 30,000-square-foot space. Thirty-foot-high operable doors on two sides also will allow The McCourt to function as an open-air pavilion.
"I am a strong believer in the mission of the Shed and its potential to celebrate both innovation and community in the artistic world and beyond," said McCourt. "I am confident we will be back at this already iconic venue witnessing change-making commissions for years to come."
"Including this generous gift from Frank McCourt and a $75 million leadership gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies announced last year, we have raised $453 million toward our $550 million capital campaign," said Daniel L. Doctoroff, the Shed's board chair. "We are well on our way to creating America's largest cultural startup and realizing our dynamic vision for a cultural institution of and for the twenty-first century."
The Shed's artistic director and CEO Alex Poots also announced commissions for the 2019 inaugural season, including a new production celebrating the impact of African-American music on art and popular culture that was conceived by Steve McQueen and developed and produced by Quincy Jones, Maureen Mahon, and Dion "No I.D." Wilson; a performance/exhibition pairing works by Gerhard Richter featuring a new composition by Steve Reich and an extant composition by Arvo Pärt; and a reinvention of Euripides' Helen by Anne Carson starring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming.