The International Center of Photography Chose 250 Bowery for New Exhibition Space; Move Set for Next Fall

Posted on: January 8th, 2015 at 9:29 am by
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The International Center of Photography is nearing the conclusion of its midtown tenure. Final day is pegged at January 11, when the “Sebastião Salgado: Genesis” exhibition ends. The exhibition space component will reportedly relocate to 250 Bowery.

For the last two decades (half its lifespan), the institution operated rent-free at the corner of 43rd and Sixth Avenue. News broke earlier this fall that a move to the Bowery is currently in the works, once the paperwork to purchase a building is finalized.

Front desk help could only divulge piecemeal details. For instance, that the new facility is reportedly “diagonal from the New Museum” in what was called “an empty warehouse,” and that it’s located at Bowery and Prince.

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The International Center of Photography on 6th Ave in midtown

Well, it appears the mystery is now solved…

Sources in the know reveal the location as the ground level of the embattled commercial space in the 250 Bowery condo development. Yet while the museum itself is relocating, the school and library will remain in midtown for another five years. You’ll recall that the ground level has been vacant ever since Anthropologie bolted in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Guess those plans to “buy a building,” as The New York Times first reported, didn’t come to pass.

The inaugural exhibit is on course to launch at 250 Bowery sometime next fall, likely in September. We’ve reached out to the ICP for confirmation on address and opening date, but have yet to hear.

Meanwhile, the Bowery move notwithstanding, ICP also has a new 15,000 square-foot space carved out for itself at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. It’ll house a “collections center” and media lab, and launches in the coming weeks. All of these developments are part of their plan for 2015 to spread across the city.

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