International Center of Photography Launches at Essex Crossing Next Week

Posted on: January 17th, 2020 at 5:05 am by

For the International Center of Photography, four years of transition come to an end next week, as the institution plans its inauguration at Essex Crossing.

The 40,000 square-foot museum and school, reunited for the first time since the midtown move, will debut on January 25 with a free “Opening Community Day.” Visitors on day one can experience ICP’s four maiden exhibitions and learn more about its educational programs and public events for all ages.

The new facility at 79 Essex Street features exhibition galleries, media labs, classrooms, darkrooms, an equipment room, and shooting studios. Also on the roster are an extensive research library, a shop, café, and public event spaces.

“ICP is entering an exciting new era as we launch our new integrated center and reunify our school and museum,” said Mark Lubell, ICP’s Executive Director. “We look forward to welcoming our Lower East Side neighbors and photography lovers from all over the world.”

As previously mentioned, the arts institution sold its digs at 250 Bowery for $25 million just before the contract closed on Essex Crossing. The deal was a swap of sorts; Taconic Investment Partners, part of the Essex Crossing developer consortium, is listed as buyer of record.

According to public records, ICP paid $29 million for two commercial condos at 242 Broome Street (aka Site 1).

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