Andrea F

Day 52: International Center of Photography

In NYC, NYC Museums, things to do in NYC on July 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm


On a busy block of Sixth Avenue, just east of Times Square’s frenzy, a glass façade displaying oversized iconic images lures passers-by. It is one of the world’s most-admired collections of historical and contemporary photographic work—the International Center of Photography. Founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa as ‘an institution to keep the legacy of “Informed Photography” alive’, the center has, in the decades since its opening, held more than 500 exhibitions, sharing the work of over 3000 photographers with students, professionals and art enthusiasts of the general public. ICP’s mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation for photography while encouraging ‘advancement in the knowledge of the medium’. Clean lined open spaces, white walls and pale wood floors characterize the 17,000 square foot museum, designed by legendary architecture firm Gwathmey Seigel & Associates. Come for a visit, not only to muse, but for a trip though history; to relive or simply understand events of a time before—events luckily captured on film, for those of us living today to see and feel. Now through September 20: Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, which features more than 200 works by the famed photog. For lovers of fashion, it’s definitely a show not to be missed.


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