After just one year at it’s Bowery location, the International Center of Photography is picking up and moving to the Lower East Side, as a part of the new Essex Crossing complex. The new spot will allow for the reunion of ICP’s museum and school, with the museum scheduled to make the transition in early 2019 and the school to follow in summer 2019.
After a tough couple of years, with the loss of it’s rent-free home in Midtown in 2014, the center made a move to the $23.5 million exhibition space in Bowery, where they strengthened their focus on digital media—but, the space was limiting in regards to the collaboration of the museum and the school’s students. The sale of the Bowery space will help fund the institution’s move, allowing for the museum and school to come together under the same roof.
ICP’s executive director, Mark Lubell, says “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.”
In addition to the center, the Essex Crossing complex, Mahattan’s 2nd largest development project, will provide everything from affordable housing to a public market place to restaurants, and even a movie theater. ICP’s space is set to be a 40,000-square-feet spot, with glass walls that face out towards the street, making the galleries visible from the street. With the reunion of the school and museum, the institution hopes that the voices of young students will stimulate relevant, fresh content to further ICP’s continual attempts at modernization.