A new Manhattan center for the arts is opening to the public on Friday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at The Shed , which will commission original works of art across all disciplines.
The 200,000-square-foot arts center is part of the $25 billion Hudson Yards development. It includes gallery space, a theater, a rehearsal space, a creative lab and an event space.
It’s enveloped by a giant telescoping shell that can be moved in a matter of minutes to incorporate an adjoining open-air plaza.
The programming will debut with a concert series called “Soundtrack of America.” It celebrates the influence of African American music on contemporary culture.