The International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, is opening its new Museum space at 250 Bowery, New York this week with a thought-provoking premiere exhibition, Public, Private, Secret, curated by Charlotte Cotton.
From ICP‘s press release: ‘Organized by the institution's first-ever Curator-in-Residence, Charlotte Cotton, with ICP Associate Curator Pauline Vermare and Assistant Curator Marina Chao, the debut show and events program explore the concept of privacy in today’s society and studies how contemporary self-identity is tied to public visibility. “ICP’s mission has always been to examine how images impact and influence social change, which is particularly critical now that mobile devices and social networks have made us all image-makers,” says Mark Lubell, ICP’s Executive Director. “Images are now produced and exchanged by millions of people globally to communicate complex ideas about everything from urban policing to self-identity. The New ICP Museum space was specifically designed to foster shared dialogues about these issues, and the opening exhibition—Public, Private, Secret—is a perfect example of this, addressing one of the most critical conversations in today’s post-Internet society: privacy.” Open through January 2017, Public, Private, Secret presents a wide range of historical and contemporary works by artists including Zach Blas, Martine Syms, Natalie Bookchin, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, and Andy Warhol. . . . Largely made possible through the generous support of the ICP Exhibitions Committee, Public, Private, Secret creates a physical experience through which to examine photography’s role in breaking and resetting the boundaries of social and personal privacy. ICP Curator-in-Residence Charlotte Cotton says, “This new space enabled us to rethink our curatorial practices and respond to our contemporary image environment in new ways. Public, Private, Secret’s non-hierarchical organization allows for dialogue between and about the diversity of photographic and visual culture in a wholly unique and unexpected way.” ’
To read an interview with Charlotte Cotton on Guernica Magazine’s website click here.
To read the Reinventing the International Center of Photography for the Selfie Age article on The New York Times’s website click here.
Public, Private, Secret
June 23, 2016 - January 8, 2017
New York, NY 10012
John Houck, Portrait Landscape, 2015. Video, 10 min. Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays.