British art festival head to lead NYC art center

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 8:37 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a British art festival has been named to lead The Culture Shed, a performing arts center planned for Manhattan's Far West Side.

Alex Poots will leave his current positions as artistic director of the Manchester International Festival and of the Park Avenue Armory in September.

Culture Shed's chairman, Daniel Doctoroff, tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/11S9zXv ) that it was looking for someone who was "a cultural entrepreneur."

The Culture Shed will be an exotic structure with translucent, telescoping outer shells that will accommodate art exhibitions, concerts and film screenings. The Times says it could become the new home of fashion Week and a possible anchor for the Tribeca Film Festival.

Construction on the $360 million center is under way. It's expected to be completed in 2018.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com