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New ICP Exhibition Looks at Digital Images and Social Change

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Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now: Art + Intersection, 2015. © Sheila Pree Bright.
Sheila Pree Bright, #1960Now: Art + Intersection, 2015. © Sheila Pree Bright.

When the International Center of Photography moved its museum from Midtown to the Bowery last year, it also embarked on a mission to reinvent the institution for the digital age. The first exhibition, Public, Private, Secret, reflected this new bent. The second show (opening today), Perpetual Revolution: The Image & Social Change, is also aimed at our current digital culture.

The new exhibition is divided into six sections. They include: climate change, immigration, gender issues, racial tensions, global terrorism and the 2016 presidential election. More from ICP:

Today, viewers are barraged by seemingly endless streams of new kinds of media images on an unprecedented scale. Perpetual Revolution explores the relation between the overwhelming image world that confronts us, and the volatile, provocative, and often-violent social world it mirrors. This exhibition proposes that an ongoing revolution is taking place politically, socially, and technologically, and that new digital methods of image production, display, and distribution are simultaneously both reporting and producing social change. The epic social and political transformations of the last few years would not have happened with the speed and in such depth if it weren’t for the ever-expanding possibilities offered by this revolution.

The show will be up through May 7. The museum, located at 250 Bowery, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Thursdays. On Thursdays it stays open until 9 p.m. and visitors may pay what they wish during evening hours. Regular adult admission is $14.  There are a number of public events tied to the exhibition, including a conversation with the curators on Feb. 8.

Mark Lubell, ICP’s executive director, was on hand for a press preview at the museum earlier this week. We did not miss the opportunity to ask him about the institution’s quest to find a new home for its photography school, which is currently located in Midtown. Lubell said the search goes on. Locations on the Bowery are under consideration.

It’s still possible ICP could lease space within Essex Crossing. A lot depends on ICP’s capital campaign to raise the necessary funds for a new campus. Lubell said a decision will likely be made no later than the summer of this year.

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