The International Center for Photography (ICP) Museum has two new exhibits opening tomorrow, Feb. 8, 2019, at 250 Bowery: For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? and Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection. They write:
In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, ICP’s new exhibition For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? explores the role of art and visual representation in American civic life through the work of the For Freedoms collective. The exhibition features work from their 50 State Initiative—composed of a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners—which featured concurrent exhibitions, art installations, and public programs as well as a nationwide artist-designed billboard campaign in all 50 states including DC and Puerto Rico, in the lead up to the midterm elections…
The second exhibition—Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection—surveys the nuanced ways people present themselves for the camera, how and by whom they are represented, and who is deemed worthy of commemoration. Featuring a range of images including studio portraits, snapshots, and documentary photographs—all drawn from the ICP Collection—this exhibit features a daguerreotype of a bedridden woman by Southworth & Hawes, a cart-de-visite featuring Sojourner Truth holding her knitting, Samuel Fosso’s performative self-portraits, as well as an FBI wanted poster.
“We live in a hyper-photographic culture, where we are creating and capturing images of ourselves and others at a rapid pace,” says Erin Barnett, ICP’s director of exhibitions and collections. “With Your Mirror, which explores the historic context of portraiture, we aim to gain understanding of the ways in which people made— or didn’t make—decisions about how they were presented for the camera and for society. There couldn’t be a more important time to examine the ways in which photography shapes our ideas about others and ourselves.”
“ICP was found by Cornell Capa in 1974 to preserve the legacy of ‘concerned photography’—images created as a means of action and social change. ICP’s mission endures even as the medium and practices of imagemaking have evolved,” says Lubell. “Thought-provoking and engaging shows like Your Mirror and For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here? help us look at and learn from the past—but set our eyes on the future. There’s no more fitting way to close out our time at 250 Bowery and set the stage for the reunification of our Museum and School at Essex Crossing in fall 2019.”
February 8, 2019 – April 28, 2019 // Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm; Thursdays, 10 am – 9 pm // $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students // Children 14 and under, accompanied by an adult, can enter for free. Pay what you wish on Thursdays from 6 – 9 pm.