After reopening a little over a year ago on New York’s Bowery, the International Center of Photography has announced plans to move again, this time to the Essex Crossing development project in early 2019. In summer 2019, the ICP School, which had remained in Midtown, will follow the museum to the new location.
“ICP is that rare institution in today’s cultural landscape—we exhibit, we collect, and we educate. 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,” ICP’s executive director, Mark Lubell, said in a statement. “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 ICP’s new address will be 242 Broome Street. The museum and school will stretch across two buildings—a four-story space that runs the entire block between Ludlow and Essex Streets, and 20,000 square feet in a 14-story luxury residence. Its new Lower East Side space will be designed by Gensler, the same architecture firm that had worked on the ICP’s former Midtown space.
Since its reopening in 2016, on the ground floor and in the basement of 250 Bowery, ICP’s programming has focused on shows about digital culture and emerging artists. In 2015, ICP’s board president, Jeffrey A. Rosen, told ARTnews that the Bowery was “an ideal space for the future of ICP in terms of looking at how photography and the making of visual images is changing and the impact that that’s having on society at large.”
The Essex Crossing deal moves the ICP farther from other major New York institutions (it is currently a block from the New Museum), and puts the museum in the middle of what the architects behind the new real-estate venture hope will become a burgeoning commercial area. The museum and school will now be a stone’s throw from the Market Line, a new space that for food vendors and a beer hall, as well as art installations, and a new condo building.