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Preview the International Center of Photography's New Bowery Home Before Its Opening

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The SOM-designed space will opens its doors to the public tomorrow

The International Center of Photography will debut its new space at 250 Bowery tomorrow with an exhibit titled Public, Private Secret, which examines the idea of privacy, and how contemporary self-identity is tied to public visibility, especially with the proliferation of various digital media and social media platforms.

"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, Mark Lubell, ICP’s executive director said in a press release. "Images are now produced and exchanged by millions of people globally to communicate complex ideas about everything from urban policing to self-identity."

The museum’s new location features a glass-fronted public space. Inside, there’s an area with books, curated by Spaces Corners, and a real time surveillance "clock" created by David Reinfurt. The interiors of the museum were designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, according to the Observer.

This is ICP’s third home since it was founded in 1974 by photojournalist Cornell Capa. It was first located in an Upper East Side townhouse, followed by its previous home on Sixth Avenue, which is now the new flagship location for Steinway & Sons.

Though the museum and the exhibit don’t officially open until tomorrow, Gothamist got to peek inside the space beforehand.