Poster House

Poster House museum/shop/cafe Poster House is the first museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to posters. Through exhibitions, events, and publications, Poster House presents a global view of posters from their earliest appearance in the late 1800s, to their present-day use.

Poster House takes its mission from the medium, aiming to engage and educate all audiences as we investigate this large format graphic design and its public impact. Posters explore:

mass communication and persuasion
the intersection of art and commerce
control of the public domain
For a poster to succeed, it must communicate. By combining the power of images and words, posters speak to audiences

Poster House takes its mission from the medium, aiming to engage and educate all audiences as we investigate this large format graphic design and its public impact. Posters explore:

mass communication and persuasion
the intersection of art and commerce
control of the public domain
For a poster to succeed, it must communicate. By combining the power of images and words, posters speak to audiences

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Happy Bastille Day! Vive la France! 🇫🇷 We thought this firework filled poster by David Klein featuring the Eiffel Tower ...
07/14/2021

Happy Bastille Day! Vive la France! 🇫🇷

We thought this firework filled poster by David Klein featuring the Eiffel Tower was the perfect way to celebrate 🎉

Klein created dozens of posters in the 1950s and 60s for TWA’s domestic and international destinations, of which this is one of the best.

Happy Bastille Day! Vive la France! 🇫🇷

We thought this firework filled poster by David Klein featuring the Eiffel Tower was the perfect way to celebrate 🎉

Klein created dozens of posters in the 1950s and 60s for TWA’s domestic and international destinations, of which this is one of the best.

Happy Birthday La Goulue!! Known as “the Glutton,” La Goulue was the toast of the Moulin Rouge and a frequent subject of...
07/13/2021

Happy Birthday La Goulue!!

Known as “the Glutton,” La Goulue was the toast of the Moulin Rouge and a frequent subject of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. Here she is in his very first poster, his iconic three sheet masterpiece for the legendary venue from 1891.

Happy Birthday La Goulue!!

Known as “the Glutton,” La Goulue was the toast of the Moulin Rouge and a frequent subject of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work. Here she is in his very first poster, his iconic three sheet masterpiece for the legendary venue from 1891.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reynold Ruffins. While Reynold Ruffins was still a student alon...
07/12/2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reynold Ruffins.

While Reynold Ruffins was still a student alongside Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, and Edward Sorel, they formed Design Plus, a short-lived studio. This collaborative friendship evolved after graduation, with Ruffins helping to create the Push Pin Almanack, the innovative self-promotional publication printed before Push Pin Studios was officially founded. Because he had a young family and was dependent on a regular paycheck, he would not become a full-fledged member of the group until around 1959, remaining with it for a brief but impactful stint before eventually establishing his own studio with illustrator Simms Taback in 1963.

Ruffins is best known for his vibrant and fanciful children’s books. As the most prominent of three Black designers to have worked at Push Pin, however, his contribution to the history of design is far greater, with landmark work for CBS, AT&T, Coca-Cola, IBM, the New York Times, USPS, Essence, and major advertising agencies BBDO and Young & Rubicam. In 1991, he animated the Liberian folktale Koi and the Kola Nuts, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Herbie Hancock. His later work moved away from graphic design and embraced the freedom of abstract painting, a respite from years of solving other peoples’ design problems.

Shown is his 1969 poster for the controversial show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harlem on my Mind. This and other works by Ruffins will be part of The Push Pin Legacy at Poster House this fall. We only wish he could have been there to see his work celebrated at the opening.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Reynold Ruffins.

While Reynold Ruffins was still a student alongside Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, and Edward Sorel, they formed Design Plus, a short-lived studio. This collaborative friendship evolved after graduation, with Ruffins helping to create the Push Pin Almanack, the innovative self-promotional publication printed before Push Pin Studios was officially founded. Because he had a young family and was dependent on a regular paycheck, he would not become a full-fledged member of the group until around 1959, remaining with it for a brief but impactful stint before eventually establishing his own studio with illustrator Simms Taback in 1963.

Ruffins is best known for his vibrant and fanciful children’s books. As the most prominent of three Black designers to have worked at Push Pin, however, his contribution to the history of design is far greater, with landmark work for CBS, AT&T, Coca-Cola, IBM, the New York Times, USPS, Essence, and major advertising agencies BBDO and Young & Rubicam. In 1991, he animated the Liberian folktale Koi and the Kola Nuts, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and scored by Herbie Hancock. His later work moved away from graphic design and embraced the freedom of abstract painting, a respite from years of solving other peoples’ design problems.

Shown is his 1969 poster for the controversial show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harlem on my Mind. This and other works by Ruffins will be part of The Push Pin Legacy at Poster House this fall. We only wish he could have been there to see his work celebrated at the opening.

Congratulations Italy 🇮🇹 🎉 Rather than a travel poster or a generic soccer poster, we felt the best way to celebrate was...
07/12/2021

Congratulations Italy 🇮🇹 🎉

Rather than a travel poster or a generic soccer poster, we felt the best way to celebrate was to share a poster by the best poster printer in Italian history (Riccordi) by one of the country’s best poster artists (Aldo Mazza) in which an allegorical woman wrapped in the Italian tricolor is reaching for the stars!

Congratulations Italy 🇮🇹 🎉

Rather than a travel poster or a generic soccer poster, we felt the best way to celebrate was to share a poster by the best poster printer in Italian history (Riccordi) by one of the country’s best poster artists (Aldo Mazza) in which an allegorical woman wrapped in the Italian tricolor is reaching for the stars!

It’s Harry Kellar’s birthday 🥳 Kellar was one of the most famous magicians at the turn of the century, having dozens of ...
07/11/2021

It’s Harry Kellar’s birthday 🥳 Kellar was one of the most famous magicians at the turn of the century, having dozens of posters created for his various tours. This design was used to promote his levitation trick, a staple in his show.

It’s Harry Kellar’s birthday 🥳 Kellar was one of the most famous magicians at the turn of the century, having dozens of posters created for his various tours. This design was used to promote his levitation trick, a staple in his show.

Our website is experiencing some difficulties. If you do not already have a free ticket to today’s birthday event, pleas...
07/10/2021

Our website is experiencing some difficulties. If you do not already have a free ticket to today’s birthday event, please stop by anyway - we have extra free tickets on reserve for walkins!

Our website is experiencing some difficulties. If you do not already have a free ticket to today’s birthday event, please stop by anyway - we have extra free tickets on reserve for walkins!

Poster House is turning 2! To celebrate our second year of poster-filled exhibitions and programming, we will be open fr...
07/10/2021

Poster House is turning 2!

To celebrate our second year of poster-filled exhibitions and programming, we will be open free of charge all day!

Grab your friends and come see our current exhibitions and enjoy everything Poster House has to offer.

Throughout the day, we’ll have guided tours, interactive activities, and sweet treats available in our Café.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Poster House is turning 2!

To celebrate our second year of poster-filled exhibitions and programming, we will be open free of charge all day!

Grab your friends and come see our current exhibitions and enjoy everything Poster House has to offer.

Throughout the day, we’ll have guided tours, interactive activities, and sweet treats available in our Café.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Happy Birthday David Hockney!While better known as a fine artist, Hockney created this fabulous poster for the The Metro...
07/09/2021

Happy Birthday David Hockney!

While better known as a fine artist, Hockney created this fabulous poster for the The Metropolitan Opera production of Parade in 1981. 🤡

Happy Birthday David Hockney!

While better known as a fine artist, Hockney created this fabulous poster for the The Metropolitan Opera production of Parade in 1981. 🤡

Happy Birthday Franciszek Starowieyski!! 🎉 Starowieyski was one of the standout designers in the Polish School of Poster...
07/08/2021

Happy Birthday Franciszek Starowieyski!! 🎉

Starowieyski was one of the standout designers in the Polish School of Posters, typically creating opulent, surreal, and macabre compositions regardless of the commission. Here he helps advertise Strindberg’s Dance of Death in 1974.

Happy Birthday Franciszek Starowieyski!! 🎉

Starowieyski was one of the standout designers in the Polish School of Posters, typically creating opulent, surreal, and macabre compositions regardless of the commission. Here he helps advertise Strindberg’s Dance of Death in 1974.

Happy Birthday Ringo Starr 🥳 We dug up this 1969 poster for the Japanese release of Yellow Submarine, an amalgamation of...
07/07/2021

Happy Birthday Ringo Starr 🥳

We dug up this 1969 poster for the Japanese release of Yellow Submarine, an amalgamation of pop and psychedelic art that was clearly inspired by the work of Push Pin Studios and Peter Max.

Happy Birthday Ringo Starr 🥳

We dug up this 1969 poster for the Japanese release of Yellow Submarine, an amalgamation of pop and psychedelic art that was clearly inspired by the work of Push Pin Studios and Peter Max.

On this day in 1917, James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic WWI recruitment poster first appeared on the streets of NYC. 🇺🇸
07/06/2021

On this day in 1917, James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic WWI recruitment poster first appeared on the streets of NYC. 🇺🇸

On this day in 1917, James Montgomery Flagg’s iconic WWI recruitment poster first appeared on the streets of NYC. 🇺🇸

It’s National Bikini Day! One the bikini became in vogue, it started showing up on all sorts of travel posters to imply ...
07/05/2021

It’s National Bikini Day!

One the bikini became in vogue, it started showing up on all sorts of travel posters to imply modernity and sexiness. Here’s one on a Vegas showgirl in the 1970s, designed by Robert Tanenbaum.

It’s National Bikini Day!

One the bikini became in vogue, it started showing up on all sorts of travel posters to imply modernity and sexiness. Here’s one on a Vegas showgirl in the 1970s, designed by Robert Tanenbaum.

Happy Independence Day everyone 💥 Holidays generally aren’t celebrated in posters unless they’re used to sell a product ...
07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day everyone 💥

Holidays generally aren’t celebrated in posters unless they’re used to sell a product or public event. Imagine our delight when we remembered the WPA poster series featured a few designs celebrating Independence Day!

Shown is Kenneth Whitley’s 1940s image.

Happy Independence Day everyone 💥

Holidays generally aren’t celebrated in posters unless they’re used to sell a product or public event. Imagine our delight when we remembered the WPA poster series featured a few designs celebrating Independence Day!

Shown is Kenneth Whitley’s 1940s image.

Just because we don’t want to miss it, tomorrow is James Bailey’s birthday 🎉 Yes, that’s the Bailey half of Barnum & Bai...
07/03/2021

Just because we don’t want to miss it, tomorrow is James Bailey’s birthday 🎉 Yes, that’s the Bailey half of Barnum & Bailey!

Some of the most prized posters within the circus genre are those that feature cameos of the famed circus promoters. Here you can see James Bailey in the upper right! 🎪

Just because we don’t want to miss it, tomorrow is James Bailey’s birthday 🎉 Yes, that’s the Bailey half of Barnum & Bailey!

Some of the most prized posters within the circus genre are those that feature cameos of the famed circus promoters. Here you can see James Bailey in the upper right! 🎪

Welcome to July! For years, Edward Penfield created posters for Harper's Magazine announcing each month’s issue. Here’s ...
07/01/2021

Welcome to July!

For years, Edward Penfield created posters for Harper's Magazine announcing each month’s issue. Here’s a rare horizontally oriented design for July 1898!

Welcome to July!

For years, Edward Penfield created posters for Harper's Magazine announcing each month’s issue. Here’s a rare horizontally oriented design for July 1898!

What about this frog 🐸 isn’t chic? This post goes out to one of our favorite drag queens, miss Ginger Minj (Ginger Minj ...
06/30/2021

What about this frog 🐸 isn’t chic? This post goes out to one of our favorite drag queens, miss Ginger Minj (Ginger Minj Official Fan Page), the Glamour Toad herself 👑

Shown is a 1909 poster for mineral water by Julius Klinger, part of our exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age, organized by the The Wolfsonian-FIU and on view at Poster House through August 15!

What about this frog 🐸 isn’t chic? This post goes out to one of our favorite drag queens, miss Ginger Minj (Ginger Minj Official Fan Page), the Glamour Toad herself 👑

Shown is a 1909 poster for mineral water by Julius Klinger, part of our exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age, organized by the The Wolfsonian-FIU and on view at Poster House through August 15!

Happy Birthday Armin Hofmann! 🎈 Shown is a 1955 poster that did not make it into our show The Swiss Grid but certainly s...
06/29/2021

Happy Birthday Armin Hofmann! 🎈

Shown is a 1955 poster that did not make it into our show The Swiss Grid but certainly should have!

What’s your favorite poster of his?

Happy Birthday Armin Hofmann! 🎈

Shown is a 1955 poster that did not make it into our show The Swiss Grid but certainly should have!

What’s your favorite poster of his?

On this day in 1841, the Paris Opera Ballet premiered Giselle. Over 100 years later, in 1984, this poster by Hilary Knig...
06/28/2021

On this day in 1841, the Paris Opera Ballet premiered Giselle.

Over 100 years later, in 1984, this poster by Hilary Knight would announce the Dance Theatre of Harlem rendition of the classic ballet.

On this day in 1841, the Paris Opera Ballet premiered Giselle.

Over 100 years later, in 1984, this poster by Hilary Knight would announce the Dance Theatre of Harlem rendition of the classic ballet.

Happy Birthday Paul Colin! As one of the most important poster artists from the Art Deco period (not to mention the desi...
06/27/2021

Happy Birthday Paul Colin!

As one of the most important poster artists from the Art Deco period (not to mention the designer who first depicted Josephine Baker in a poster), Colin’s work stands out as expressive, effortless, and joyful.

Shown is his 1948 poster for Vichy.

Happy Birthday Paul Colin!

As one of the most important poster artists from the Art Deco period (not to mention the designer who first depicted Josephine Baker in a poster), Colin’s work stands out as expressive, effortless, and joyful.

Shown is his 1948 poster for Vichy.

Looking for fun activities for yourself and the kids this weekend?
06/26/2021
Poster Kids: Center Stage and Silhouettes

Looking for fun activities for yourself and the kids this weekend?

A family-friendly, interactive, virtual poster tour and a related art-making experience!

It’s been almost a year without Milton Glaser. We miss him all the time, especially as we prepare for The Push Pin Legac...
06/26/2021

It’s been almost a year without Milton Glaser. We miss him all the time, especially as we prepare for The Push Pin Legacy.

Here’s a poster from Glaser Archives at SVA that they’re lending to the show: his 1967 poster for Mahalia Jackson’s Easter concert.

Happy Birthday, Milton.

It’s been almost a year without Milton Glaser. We miss him all the time, especially as we prepare for The Push Pin Legacy.

Here’s a poster from Glaser Archives at SVA that they’re lending to the show: his 1967 poster for Mahalia Jackson’s Easter concert.

Happy Birthday, Milton.

On this day in 1910, Stravinsky’s Firebird premiers in Paris.To help promote that revolutionary ballet to a Croatian aud...
06/25/2021

On this day in 1910, Stravinsky’s Firebird premiers in Paris.

To help promote that revolutionary ballet to a Croatian audience in 1983, poster designer Boris Bucan created this multi-sheet masterpiece.

On this day in 1910, Stravinsky’s Firebird premiers in Paris.

To help promote that revolutionary ballet to a Croatian audience in 1983, poster designer Boris Bucan created this multi-sheet masterpiece.

Who’s your favorite drag queen in history? In honor of Drag Race All Stars premiering this evening, we wanted to introdu...
06/24/2021

Who’s your favorite drag queen in history?

In honor of Drag Race All Stars premiering this evening, we wanted to introduce everyone to Barbette, an American circus tightrope walker turned female impersonator who became the toast of Paris in the 1920s & 30s. Here she is depicted by the poster designer Charles Gesmar in 1926.

Who’s your favorite drag queen in history?

In honor of Drag Race All Stars premiering this evening, we wanted to introduce everyone to Barbette, an American circus tightrope walker turned female impersonator who became the toast of Paris in the 1920s & 30s. Here she is depicted by the poster designer Charles Gesmar in 1926.

It’s National Pink Day! If you thought Millennial Pink was a new trend, go back to Germany at the turn of the century. L...
06/23/2021

It’s National Pink Day!

If you thought Millennial Pink was a new trend, go back to Germany at the turn of the century. Ludwig Hohlwein and many of his contemporaries used that shade in their posters, like this 1909 composition advertising shoes.

It’s National Pink Day!

If you thought Millennial Pink was a new trend, go back to Germany at the turn of the century. Ludwig Hohlwein and many of his contemporaries used that shade in their posters, like this 1909 composition advertising shoes.

TODAY!
06/23/2021
Democracy on Paper

TODAY!

Join Poster House Collections Manager Melissa Walker as she examines mid-century campaign posters, including those of Nixon, JFK & Reagan !

Poster House is celebrating its second birthday!As a thank you to Members, Poster House is extending the May is for Memb...
06/22/2021
Join | Poster House

Poster House is celebrating its second birthday!

As a thank you to Members, Poster House is extending the May is for Membership campaign through its Second Birthday event on July 10.

All Memberships purchased by July 10 will receive three bonus months—that’s a total of 15 months of Membership to Poster House! Members also enjoy 20% off in the Shop and Café through July 10 with promo code [email protected]

You can Join today, Gift a membership, or Renew early to take advantage of this special offer!

As a thank you to Members, Poster House is extending the May is for Membership campaign through its Second Birthday event on July 10.

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