New York City is buzzing with culture and serves as the art capital of the world. Chelsea, a west side borough in Manhattan is home to art galleries, artist’s studios, and the infamous High Line, which first opened in June 2009. In Chelsea you will find Aperture and Danziger Gallery personally two of my favorite places that never fail to feature some of the best, brightest, and upcoming photographers. If you head just downtown (to their new location) in The Bowery you will find the International Center of Photography or commonly known as ICP. In New York Aperture and ICP are well known for their exhibition spaces, but also the ways in which they foster learning within the medium to the outside world. So if you have a day or two get out in the city enjoy the High Line, which also features art as well and dive into the diverse art world that is just under an hour away in New York City!
The best places to visit include the following:
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Aperture serves as a gallery and a place for learning. The not-for-profit foundation was established in 1952 by notorious photographers who felt there needed to be a place to discuss and foster the medium of photography. The notables that established Aperture include Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Minor White. The space hosts a gallery space, artist’s lectures, and classes to the public.
The current exhibition on display is Playground, photographs by James Mollison. The next exhibition to open will be May 14 featuring the work of LaToya Ruby Frazier: Selected Works.
International Center of Photography
The Bowery, Downtown
Also known as ICP the center serves as a place dedicated to the medium of photography. In the center you can find a museum, school, and public programs. They offer a range of courses from certificate programs, continuing education programs, and master’s programs as well. The center also hosts a library dedicate to the medium, which has photo books, articles, and other resources.
Currently, ICP is under renovation and is set to open again in their new location in Fall 2015.
521 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
After being established in 1990 it is now known in 2015 as one of the most well-known and establish photography galleries in the world. In 2004 the gallery moved to it’s current home in the Chelsea location. The current featured exhibition is Matt Lips and beginning May 7th Inge Morath-Masquerades and Enoc Perez-Cut Shapes.