Over the past decade or so there’s been a lot of action within the museum world, with institutions expanding or moving into new digs—the Whitney and the New Museum being two prime cases. As it happens the latest example is just down the street from the NewMu: Starting Thursday, the International Center of Photography (ICP) will be opening the doors of it brand new home at 250 Bowery.
For years, the ICP was located in midtown on Sixth Avenue not far from Byrant Park. But in 2014, the decision was made to move downtown to a rapidly gentrifying Bowery that’s become a magnet for art galleries as well as museums. As the New York Times described it last year, the move is an attempt by the ICP to “reinvent” itself for “the age of the selfie.” And indeed, the medium has an entirely different meaning than it did when the ICP was founded in 1974. Thanks to the smartphone, for instance, anyone can take the kind of pictures that were once the preserve of professionals.
The new building has amenities like a cafe and a bookstore, and opening day features free admission. For a sneak peek of what to expect, check out our gallery below.