2016 is a banner year for NYC museums, with three new and newly re-opened museums. The Met Breuer and Onassis Cultural Center opened recently. Now, ICP, the International Center of Photography, has re-opened in its new home in a rehabbed warehouse building on the Lower East Side.
The first exhibit at the new ICP Museum, at 250 Bowery, just south of Houston St., is Public, Private, Secret, a collection of historical and contemporary works by artists including Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. In addition to photos, the exhibit displays essays and other artifacts. It’s an example of the museum’s mission to be part of a cultural dialog beyond photos.
ICP has a collection of more than 135,000 prints and other items that span the history of photography, including a collection of more than 1,000 historic prints donated by Life Magazine. ICP also has partnered with top photo museums such as the George Eastman House in Rochester.
ICP was founded in 1974 by photographer Cornell Capa, brother of award winning photojornalist Robert Capa.
The original location was in a historic mansion at Fifth Avenue and 94th St., then in a modern space at 43rd St. and Sixth Avenue which is now a bank branch (isn’t everything). It’s been wandering about, homeless, for the last few years, with temporary exhibits in a variety of spaces, plus traveling exhibits in cities including San Francisco and Toronto, awaiting completion of this new space downtown.
The International Center of Photography is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10AM to 6PM, and until 9PM on Thursday. Admission is $14 for adults, less for seniors and students, and free for children 14 and under. There will be guided and self-guided tours beginning in August, and a museum store with one of the best selections of photography books on the planet.
photo from the ICP collection via Life Magazine