Part of what makes this weekend’s official opening of the Shed so momentous is the sheer breadth of its programming.
That is also what makes it a bit overwhelming.
Over the course of its inaugural season, the Shed — the low-lying, eye-catching, $475-million arts center amid the towers of Hudson Yards — will present concerts by Björk, a history of African-American music and exhibitions featuring the works of emerging New York City artists. It will pair Gerhard Richter with Steve Reich, Ben Whishaw with Renée Fleming, kung fu with the songs of Sia.
Here, we offer a guide to navigating the Shed, which officially opens on Friday: what’s on each floor, where to pause for a meal or a drink, and even how to get inside the building in the first place.
Reich Richter Pärt,” an installation that pairs the visual art of Gerhard Richter with live musical performances of original scores by Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt. The Richter-Pärt collaboration is an import from the Manchester International Festival; but Mr. Reich’s contribution, a musical analogue of Mr. Richter’s “Patterns” series, is a premiere.
Björk will perform in May.) And that’s exactly how the Shed officially opens on Friday: with the five-concert series “Soundtrack of America,” an exploration of the influence of African-American music on contemporary culture. It was conceived by Steve McQueen, will spotlight up-and-coming musicians, and runs through April 14.
4. THE PLAZA If the shell is nested over the building, however, the plaza is in the open air, and open to the public. Here the Shed has a permanent installation, Lawrence Weiner’s text-based work “IN FRONT OF ITSELF.”
5. LEVEL 4 GALLERY Opening here on Saturday, and on view through May 30, is an exhibition of new and recent work by the artist Trisha Donnelly.