October 10, 2017

International Center of Photography Will Relocate on New York’s Lower East Side

NEW YORK—The International Center of Photography, the New York-based museum and school of photography and visual culture, announced yesterday it would relocate its facilities from the Bowery to the under-construction Essex Crossing project on New York’s Lower East Side. The ICP’s new 40,000-square-foot, four-story building will be designed by architecture and design firm Gensler.

The move will bring under one roof the center’s museum and school, which currently operate out of separate spaces on the Bowery and Midtown, respectively. “We are thrilled to be reunited the ICP Museum and the ICP School under one roof. This is something towards which we’ve been working for nearly twenty years. It’s gratifying to bring this exciting goal to fruition,” said ICP board president Jeffrey Rosen and board chair Caryl Englander.

“ICP is that rare institution in today’s cultural landscape—we exhibit, we collect, and we educate,” ICP executive director Mark Lubell said. “Thanks to the vision and support of our board, the synergy between these different elements of our mission and our identity will be strengthened by this move. Our Essex venue will continue to reinforce our ties with the vibrant Lower East Side arts community. It enables us to look forward to an exciting future for both ICP and the neighborhood as a whole.”

The school at ICP serves more than 3,500 students across its full-time, part-time, and workshop programs, including a Master’s program in advanced photographic studies in collaboration with Bard College. The school will relocate in June 2019. The ICP will operate out of its Bowery location through the end of its fall 2018 exhibition programming and re-open in its new facilities after January 2019.

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