The International Center of Photography will be closing its Midtown museum. Executive director Mark Lubell confirmed this to artnet News in a statement. Its lease with its landlord, the Durst Organization, is coming to an end in January 2015, and the center has not renegotiated a new lease. Currently the organization, which includes a photography museum, school, and research center, is on the lookout for a new space for its museum.At our request for an interview, Lubell issued the following statement.
“The International Center of Photography has been and continues to be at the center, both nationally and internationally, of the conversation regarding photography and the explosive growth of visual communications. In advancing this conversation, ICP has decided to move its current museum to a new space. This decision reflects the evolution of photography and our role in setting the agenda for visual communications for the 21st century. ICP will announce our future sites this spring. The school will remain at 1114 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan.”
The museum, which was founded in 1974, has been at its Midtown location, in the ground floor retail space, since the 1980s. According to Jordan Barowitz, director of external affairs for the Durst Organization, the ICP has been a tenant of the Durst Organization since 1968 when the ICP was known by its earlier name, the International Fund for Concerned Photography. The sum that the ICP pays, he said, is and always has been nominal during the time of institution’s tenancy with Durst. “They only pay operating expenses and don’t pay rent,” Barowitz said, though he refused to go into detail about the terms of the ICP’s current lease.
International Center of Photography Will Close 2015