The International Center of Photography has decided to relocate to a building on the Bowery, near the New Museum, when the lease expires on its Midtown building next year, according to the New York Times. The center’s board approved a plan to buy the building near the New Museum last week, according to the Times, and the aim is the have the building ready by mid-2015.
“This location provides a real frontage so that we can have a direct dialogue with the street, and that’s key to our mission going forward,” Mark Lubell, the center’s executive director, told the Times. Regarding the neighborhood, he said: “There’s openness to experimentation and ideas in that part of town. Chelsea is a wonderful place, but it’s already done and established. We’d be following, and I don’t want to follow.”
In addition, in January 2015, the ICP will open a 15,000-square-foot collections facility and media lab at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The space will house the ICP’s collection of more than 150,000 works by Cornell Capa, Robert Capa, Weegee, Chim, and Gerda Taro. Mana Contemporary is home to the Richard Meier Model Museum, Gary Lichtenstein Editions silkscreen studio, the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, the Middle East Center for the Arts, Shen Wei Dance Arts, the Keating Foundry, and more.