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Art is everywhere at Hudson Yards, and this summer in particular, it starts off with The Shed’s Open Call program. Open Call spotlights 27 early-career NYC artists in performance and on exhibit. The live events, scheduled through June 26, include an audio-visual work from Rachika Nayar, Troy Anthony’s revival-style celebration of Juneteenth, and a reimagining of track and field in celebration of Black queer and trans people by Ana María Agüero Jahannes. Tickets are free but reservations are required. Livestreams are also available.
The accompanying exhibition, which continues through August 1, features a monumental abstract tapestry by Pauline Shaw, Aisha Amin’s immersive installation into a historic Brooklyn mosque and Tajh Rust’s exploration in glass of transatlantic migration. Some work created by artists for the inaugural Open Call event are on view too, as last year’s presentation was postponed by the pandemic. Again, tickets are free but required for entry.
There’s lots of other art on view as well. Head up to Level 4 of The Shops & Restaurants to see the pop-up studios of the four recent design-school graduates chosen to participate in the first Emerging Designer Residency, presented by NYCxDESIGN and Arts Thread. By popular demand, the three-month initiative is extended through July 15th, so you will see almost-completed efforts—silkscreens, rugs, ceramics and light fixtures.
You’ll also find Avant Gallery, which has moved into its new 6,000-square-foot space on Level 4. The current feature exhibit is “Art is Life,” which premiered during Frieze Art Fair, at The Shed. Other feature works produced during quarantine by many of the gallery’s most prized artists—Skyler Grey, Tim Tadder and BNS, among them—and newcomers alike, are also on view.
And no neighborhood art stroll can be complete until you’ve gazed at the latest offerings of HYxOffTheWall. The vibrant and interactive displays and murals of Seb Patene, Dirty Bandits, Indie 184 and others appear throughout The Shops & Restaurants. Back outside, in the Public Square and Gardens, you’re by large-scaled murals by artists including Elle Street Art and Key Detail.