Photo buffs rejoice! Midtown stalwart the International Center of Photography (ICP to those in the know) has relocated its gallery to a smart industrial-vibe space in Nolita. Make a beeline to 250 Bowery to enjoy the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, with regular exhibitions featuring top global snappers.
Key features allow the rebooted photography museum to exhibit work in creative ways, set against a minimal white, metal and glass contemporary interior. Plus there’s now the lovely Maman Café + Bakery for afters, a modern-rustic eatery serving family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. Locally sourced goodies are the star, from fresh salads to soups, sandwiches and quiches, with pastries and cakes for sweet tooths. Kickass coffee hails from Brooklyn’s Toby’s Estate. You can also shop up a storm at the ICP Museum store.
Catch provocative exhibition Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change (until 7 May), a fitting response to America’s current turbulent times. It examines the way media pictures and social media’s new opportunities for image production, display and distribution are challenging us, with an unprecedented flow of images both reporting and generating social change. Critical issues transformed by visual culture come under the microscope: the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, climate change, gender fluidity, terrorist propaganda, the alt-right fringe, the divisive 2016 election and the growing refugee crisis. It’s a far cry from “say cheese!”
ICP Museum / 250 Bowery / +1 212 857 0000 / 10am-6pm Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun, 10am-9pm Thu / icp.org
Photos © Osugi