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International Center of Photography prepares to reopen in a far bigger home in New York | The Art Newspaper

Lower East Side location will unite exhibition space with the institution’s school of 3,500 students

 The International Center of Photography's new home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan Saul Metnick for the International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography’s new home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan Saul Metnick for the International Center of Photography

Nancy Kenney

The International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York is poised to reopen on Saturday in its new four-storey, $60m home, a 40,000-sq.-ft space that unites its school and museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Designed by Gensler, the new building will feature galleries, media labs, classrooms, darkrooms, shooting studios, a shop, café, research library and public event spaces, as well as a glass façade that will make the galleries visible from the street. The new building will serve as the cultural anchor of a $1.9bn six-acre development called Essex Crossing, a mix of residences, offices, a movie multiplex, green space and shops including a vast food market.

It is the fourth location for the ICP since it was founded by the Magnum photographer Cornell Capa in 1974 and it is far bigger than its previous sites, including its most recent exhibition space on the Bowery, which shut down at the end of last June in anticipation of the move. The ICP’s school, with an enrollment of around 3,500 students from 33 different countries, is relocating from its Midtown Manhattan location near Bryant Park.

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