Fotografiska New York Plans to Relocate

Thursday, May 23, 2024
Fotografiska New York Plans to Relocate

Fotografiska, the contemporary museum of photography, art, and culture, will relocate its New York location to better meet the needs of its visitors and expand gallery space in response to the ambitious visions of the artists it presents globally. After five years of strong ticket sales and a highly- engaged membership base, the last day in its current building will be September 29th, 2024.

The planned relocation is part of the international museum’s strategic evolution and follows the success of recent openings in Berlin and Shanghai. In celebration of New York City, Fotografiska’s final exhibitions at 281 Park Avenue South will showcase the work of the late photographer Vivian Maier, running from May 31st to September 29th, and the legendary street photographer, Bruce Gilden, running from June 21st th to September 29. A new exhibition documenting 100 years of Nightlife in New York City will bepresented in a temporary location following the closure of 281 Park Ave. South.

The Verōnika Restaurant and Chapel Bar will also be closing in mid-June, though a food and beverage program will be announced alongside the new location.

“At the core of Fotografiska is a dedication to inspiring new perspectives by amplifying some of the greatest artists of our time,” said Yoram Roth, Executive Chairman of the Fotografiska Board. “As it’s become clear that our current space is not conducive to this vision, our commitment to the city’s art scene remains unwavering.”

“I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished with Fotografiska in just five years, cementing our role as part of the New York arts landscape through unique exhibitions and dynamic programming,” said Sophie Wright, Executive Director of Fotografiska New York. “I have tremendous respect for our staff, some of whom have been with us since opening, and offer my sincerest gratitude for their dedication and talent that contributed to our successes. I look forward to sharing updates of our upcoming programming.”

The tenure at the Park Avenue South location is marked by 48 prominent and diverse exhibitions, covering global issues to local narratives, and drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe. Some highlights include the first exhibition celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop, the first lifetime retrospective in the US of David LaChapelle’s work, introducing Daniel Arsham’s photography work, and premiering Andres Serrano’s Infamous series. The museum also mounted exhibitions of New York City based artists such as Kia LaBeija, Adrienne Raquel, Martin Schoeller, Pixy Liao, and Ethan James Green, as well as ground-breaking shows by international artists such as Josèfa Ntjam, Hassan Hajjaj, and Tony Gum, among others. Several of these inspiring and provoking exhibitions are touring Fotografiska’s international locations in Berlin, Stockholm, Tallinn and Shanghai.

Since its opening in 2019, Fotografiska’s New York location has been a cornerstone of diverse cultural exploration in the heart of Manhattan. Through the challenges of the pandemic, the institution remained steadfast in its mission to inspire new perspectives that contribute to a more conscious world.


Main Image :© 2024 Fotografiska.

Stephanie Cime

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