International Center of Photography Taps Mishka Henner for New Exhibit on 250 Bowery Shed; Opening Delayed to Summer

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 at 5:19 am by
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For the International Center of Photography, the build-out has begun. The ground floor condo it purchased last year for $23.5 million is now enclosed in a plywood shell for the foreseeable future. Workers erected the shed last month, which is the first time in three years that there’s been such activity at 250 Bowery.

And with the new plywood, another exhibit to mask the rot and peel. Following in the recent footsteps of photographer Frank Franca, the ICP tapped the artistic services of Mishka Henner. Specifically, her “Photography Is” piece. The enormous wall of text includes “more than 3,000 phrases that define one of the most democratic and ubiquitous of art forms.” As the description notes, this is photography without the photographs.

Let’s see how long it takes for the piece to be defaced by taggers…

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Meanwhile, the pace of construction inside the 11,000 square-foot space is now in high gear. It’s designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Progress notwithstanding, the ICP museum recently delayed its forecast for debut – yet again – slating the summer months as likely. (Spring was advertised as late as a few weeks ago.)

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Photo: ICP

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