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International Center of Photography Opens June 23 With “Public, Private, Secret”

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ICP's new home at 250 Bowery.
ICP’s new home at 250 Bowery.

Earlier this month, the International Center of Photography (ICP) announced a June 23 opening date for its new museum at 250 Bowery. Now we have more details about the opening exhibition. as well as new information about the space on the Lower East Side.

The exhibition, “Public, Private Secret,” is organized by Charlotte Cotton, the institution’s first-ever curator-in-residence, along with assistant curator Marino Chao. The show and accompanying programming will look at present day concepts of privacy and will explore, according to a press release, “how contemporary self-identity is tied to public visibility.”

Open through January 2017, the show will include works from artists such as  Zach Blas, Martine Syms, Natalie Bookchin, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and Andy Warhol.

ICP’s new home will feature a ground-floor-glass-enclosed public space, visible from the street. The venue will be used for lectures, workshops and other events. It’s separated from the galleries, which require a ticket. The museum includes an area with photo books, curated by Spaces Corners, a cafe and a real-time surveillance “clock”  by graphic designer David Reinfurt. There’s also an exhibition wall for temporary installations.

The museum closed its Midtown location last year and purchased an 11,000 sq. ft. space at 250 Bowery. ICP is continuing to look for a new permanent home for its school somewhere downtown. The move is part of  big push by ICP to boost attendance and to participate more fully in New York’s popular culture.

ICP will open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. Admission to exhibitions will be $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Children 14 and under, accompanied by an adult, can enter for free.

See below for a few images from the exhibition.

Cindy Sherman
Artist: Cindy Sherman.
John Houck_hi
Artist: John Houck.
Artist: Merry Alpern.
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