Eleven Emerging NYC Artists to Present New Work in The Shed’s Open Call 2023 Group Exhibition

As part of the third edition of The Shed’s cornerstone Open Call program, the Open Call 2023 Group Exhibition will feature 11 visual artists who live or work in New York City presenting new commissions in disciplines from sculpture to filmmaking to poetry, each proposing care- and community-based responses to the urgent issues of our time.

The exhibition will be on view from 4 November 2023 to 21 January 2024 in The Shed’s Level 2 Gallery. This exhibition will focus on the artists’ personal diaspora experiences and how they intersect with global history, as well as commentaries on our digital landscape.

Artists featured include Minne Atairu, Jake Brush, Cathy Linh Che & Christopher Radcliff, Armando Guadalupe Cortés, Lizania Cruz, Bryan Fernandez, Luis A. Gutierrez, Calli Roche, Jeffrey Meris, and Sandy Williams IV.

Admission is free. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, October 17 at theshed.org/opencall.



Open Call is a recurring interdisciplinary commissioning program for early-career artists across the visual and performing arts disciplines. After being selected by The Shed in partnership with 67 external industry professionals and artists from across disciplines, artists receive a commissioning fee of up to $15,000 depending on the scope of the proposed project, in addition to production support and resources to develop their new projects. In March, April, and June of this year, panelists and reviewers from various arts disciplines reviewed more than 1,200 proposals for this third edition of Open Call, a significant increase from the 900 applications received during the inaugural call for proposals in 2018.

Open Call continues to be integral to The Shed’s institutional and civic vision to produce and welcome innovative art and ideas across all forms of creativity and to build a shared understanding of our rapidly changing world and a more equitable society.

In addition to the 2023 Group Exhibition, in summer 2024 in The Shed’s Griffin Theater, the remaining eight commissions in this third edition of Open Call will feature immersive, multidisciplinary performances by Kyle Dacuyan, The Dragon Sisters, Kayla Hamilton, Nile Harris, NIC Kay, Asia Stewart, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, and Garrett Zuercher.The Open Call 2023 Group Exhibition is organised by Tamara McCaw, Chief Civic Program Officer, and Darren Biggart, Director of Civic Programs, with Eduardo Andres Alfonso, Associate Curator at Large, and Deja Belardo, Curatorial Assistant. The exhibition is produced by MK Meador, Associate Exhibitions Coordinator and Registrar, and Freddy Villalobos, Associate Exhibitions Coordinator & Head Preparator.

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