Is the International Center of Photography Already Planning Another Move?

It is resembling a game of musical chairs.

Rendering for Essex Crossing, a development on six acres of vacant land on New York's Lower East Side that will house the second branch of the Andy Warhol Museum. Photo: Delancey Street Associates / SHoP Architects.
Rendering for Essex Crossing, a development on six acres of vacant land on New York's Lower East Side that will house the second branch of the Andy Warhol Museum. Photo: Delancey Street Associates / SHoP Architects.

New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP) hasn’t moved into its new 250 Bowery digs yet, but the museum appears to already have plans to move on to bigger and better things.

Bedford and Bowery reports that the ICP will be one of the tenants at the Lower East Side’s Essex Crossing, which is currently under construction. Delancey Street Associates, the developers on the site, appear to have have let the secret slip during a January 28 public meeting held to address neighborhood concerns over the massive construction project.

“Our three current tenants, our commercials, are NYU—it’s going to be a medical facility; ICP, a cultural tenant; and of course our partners, Grand Street Settlement,” a representative for construction site six told audience members, according to the blog.

When artnet News reached out for comment, a representative from the ICP declined to elaborate.

Essex Crossing was initially going to house a New York outpost for Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. The 10,000-square-foot facility, announced in May 2014, was slated to open in 2017, but those plans were abandoned less than a year later. SHoP Architects is slated for transforming the space. The firm recently received its first museum commission, to redesign and expand SITE Santa Fe.

The International Center of Photography's former building. Photo: Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons

The International Center of Photography’s former building.
Photo: Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons

The ICP’s lease at its former Midtown home ended in January 2015, and the organization has been hosting itinerant exhibitions in the year since. Currently, the organization has two shows on view through early April, one at the Rubin Museum of Art and the other at Mana Contemporary, the fine art storage and exhibition space in Jersey City that is home to the ICP’s archives and collection.

Noting that the new facility will not be able to accommodate galleries as well as the school, archive, and offices, Barbara Pollack speculated in ARTnews that the ICP might be considering selling 250 Bowery with an eye toward acquiring a larger space at Essex Crossing.

The museum is currently scheduled to make its Bowery debut in June 2016, but no exhibition has been announced to date.


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