Event Recap: Opening Reception for the new ICP and its inaugural exhibitions @ICPhotog @Tyler_Mitchell_ @ContactHighProj

On January 24, 2020, YRB attended the much-anticipated opening of the new home of the International Center of Photography at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side in New York City.

The event also unveiled four inaugural exhibitions:

I Can Make You Feel Good – the first US solo museum show for buzzy young photographer Tyler Mitchell, the East Coast presentation of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop;

The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection; and facial recognition video installation James Coupe: Warriors.

All exhibitions are on view until May 18, 2020

DJ April Hunt provided an epic hiphop soundtrack that complimented the visuals on the walls  while guests enjoyed Ciroc and Crown Royal’s Regal Apple cocktails while experiencing ICP’s new multi-level space.

A surprise dance performance by Cal Hunt, from Les Indes Galantes: Paris Opera, mesmerized the crowd.

On hand to celebrate were Questlove, A$AP TyY, Marisa Tomei, Debi Mazur, Jasmine Lobe,  Fab 5 Freddy, Mark Seliger,  Contact High curator Vikki Tobak, exhibiting photographers Tyler Mitchell, Janette Beckman, Danny Hastings,  Jorge Peniche,  Ricky Powell, Lisa Leone, Al Pereira, Barron Clairborne, Dephine Fawundu, Joe Conzo Jr., artist Hank Willis Thomas,  curator and writer Antwaun Sargent, artist, curator, and educator Deborah Willis, ICP Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier; Annenberg Space for Photography Director Katie Hollander, ICP Board Trustees Caryl Englander, Peggy Anderson, Bob Jeffrey, Michael Clinton, and Heather Vrattos; and ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell.

Photos by: @Calligrafist & (Scott Rudd, Richard Burrowes for ICP)

The International Center of Photography is located at 79 Essex Street


The International Center of Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography”—socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. Through our exhibitions, education programs, community outreach, and public programs, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the power of the image.

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