The Aperture Foundation, the non-profit organization known for its award-winning photographic publication, Aperture Magazine, is planning a move from its Chelsea digs to West 28th Street at 380 Columbus Avenue at the corner of West 78th Street, directly across from the Museum of ‘natural History . The two floors they will occupy previously housed Gazala’s restaurant and 78 Below bar and nightclub. The Wing, a women’s coworking business, had signed a lease for the location, but the business closed completely before it could open.
Founded in 1952, Aperture is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. “Aperture has long been an anchor for the photography community, not just in New York but around the world,” executive director Sarah Meister said in a statement. “Our ongoing commitment to the Upper West Side and highly visible ground floor space signals a renewed, long-term vision for Aperture’s future as we enter our eighth decade – one that recognizes the role essential to Aperture in fostering collaboration and bringing together the range of artists, writers, institutions and enthusiasts who are transformed by photography every day.
Aperture also just released a commemorative photography series called Seventy x Seventy, where you can purchase limited-edition prints from 70 different Aperture photographers throughout the organization’s 70-year history.
Aperture Magazine currently publishes a quarterly journal that has received the National Magazine Awards’ Overall Achievement Award six times for publications with a circulation of less than 100,000 copies, the last being in 2011. Among notable photographers who have worked with Aperture include Eikoh Hosoe, Helen Levitt, Martin Parr and Minor White.
Aperture has enlisted LevenBetts, the American Institute of Architects’ New York State Firm of the Year, to design the two floors it will occupy at 380 Columbus. There are currently plans for an Aperture bookstore, corporate office, and production spaces for their publishing program. There will also be flexible space for public events and small-scale installations. Other projects LevenBetts has worked on include the Queens Museum in Corona Park, several New York public libraries, and the 350,000 square foot Taystee Lab Building in Harlem.
Aperture’s goal is to open its ground floor space in the summer of 2024.