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Design rendering of the International Center of Photography’s new Lower East Side home. Photo: Moso Studio

New York’s International Center of Photography to Leave the Bowery

After relocating to a new $23.5 million exhibition space on the Bowery in 2015, the International Center of Photography announced today that it has plans to pick up and move yet again. The institution, which serves more than thirty-five hundred students each year, will unite its museum and school when it reopens at Essex Crossing in the Lower East Side.

“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,” said executive director Mark Lubell. “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.”

ICP will be the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing, a $1.5 billion project being developed by Delancey Street Associates, comprising Taconic Investment Partners, BFC Partners, and L+M Development Partners. The site will offer 1.9 million square feet of residential, commercial, and community space once its completed in 2024. ICP’s new home will be a four-story building featuring 40,000 square feet of space, as well as two additional floors in the adjacent residential building at 242 Broome Street.

The museum will open the doors to its new home in early 2019, while the school will move in later that year.

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