The Midtown Manhattan museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP) will close in January 2015, Artnet News has reported. That’s when the organization’s lease, with landlord the Durst Organization, expires, and a new one has not been negotiated; instead, ICP will focus on finding a new home for its museum. Its school, housed in a building across Sixth Avenue from the exhibition space, will remain in Midtown. The ICP museum moved into its current location at 1114 Avenue of the Americas in 2000, after a redesign of the space by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman Architects. According to the firm, the renovation was seen at the time as “the first step in the ICP’s plans to consolidate its museum, school, and center for photographers and photography into a single, 55,000 square-foot campus in New York City.” The announced move seems to render that plan obsolete.
Hyperallergic has reached out to the ICP for comment and will update this post when we hear back.
Update, 6:35 pm: We have received the following statement from ICP regarding the move:
The International Center of Photography has chosen to move from our current museum site in January 2015 in order to develop a space that reflects our vision and the explosive growth of visual communications.
Our founder, Cornell Capa, saw ICP as being at the forefront of conversations about the role of images in our society and we remain at the center of these conversations nationally and internationally.
Our executive director Mark Lubell says:
“When I joined ICP, one of the exciting opportunities was to be able to move from our current location and develop spaces that enable us to expand and provide new experiences in new mediums. These spaces will be reflective of our programmatic plans and activities. I look forward to announcing the future sites this spring.”