Open Call Exhibition
Visual Description Tour
The Shed’s Level 2 Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening will be available on your smartphone over The Shed’s free Wi-Fi network via the free Listen Everywhere app. Devices will be available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk if you do not want to use your own smartphone.
Download the Listen Everywhere app before you arrive.
Captions for video artworks will be available through a link in the online exhibition guide, available via a QR code in the gallery. To learn more about what to expect during your gallery visit, please read this description.
If you have any questions or requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494.
What to Expect
Thank you for planning a visit to The Shed. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for Open Call. The Open Call exhibition takes place in the Level 2 Gallery, which is wheelchair accessible.
Currently, the entrance to our building is through The McCourt door on the east side of our building adjacent to the Hudson Yards Public Square. The McCourt is a large performance space created when The Shed’s shell, or movable roof, rolls out to cover the plaza on the east side of the building. You can access this entrance from 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, just one block north of 30th Street, or from the 34 St–Hudson Yards subway station between 10th and 11th Avenues.
As you arrive at The Shed, you will enter The McCourt through a wide, unobstructed entrance at the southeast corner of the building. It is close to the area where the High Line meets Hudson Yards at 30th Street. You will scan your own ticket on your smartphone, with help if needed from a friendly visitor experience staff member standing nearby wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
The Shed’s Level 2 Gallery is inside the main building. Starting from the southeast entrance to The McCourt, you will continue to a glass door at the back, southwest corner of The McCourt. A staff member can help direct you to this door if you have any trouble finding it. There are no steps at this entrance to the building. Passing through the door, you will enter a short hallway approximately 8 feet wide. To your left will be an elevator that you can take to the restrooms on Level 4.
The hallway then opens into a longer, wider escalator landing full of natural light. You can also use these escalators to find the restrooms on Level 4. The door to the galleries will be on your right as you travel to the other end of the escalators. A visitor experience staff member nearby can help you open it, if you’d like.
The floor of the hallway is level with the floor of the Level 2 Gallery, so you won’t have to navigate any steps when entering. The gallery will have lower light than in the hallway. There will be sounds coming from artworks in multiple directions when you enter the exhibition. There are benches throughout the gallery if you’d like to sit for a moment. They will be indicated on the exhibition’s gallery map or a visitor experience staff member can help you find one.
In the exhibition several works have specific characteristics that you may want to anticipate:
- Simon Liu’s video installation includes rapidly changing images and strobe effects. Colorful, diffused lighting fills the inside of the installation as it bounces off the back of the video screens.
- Kenneth Tam’s video installation includes high-pitched tones and a drumming rhythm, with occasional abrupt yelling from actors in the video that can be jarring.
- Caroline Garcia’s installation includes plants and biomatter inside it.
- You can interact with Aisha Amin’s installation by walking on the prayer rugs but must first remove your shoes or sandals. Wheelchair users are welcome to go onto the rugs.
For any additional access needs or requests, please email email@example.com or call (646) 455-3494.
Thank you to our partners
Additional support for Open Call is provided by Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.