Poster House

Poster House Poster House is the first museum in America dedicated to the history and cultural impact of posters.
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 quickly and persuasively. Blending design, advertising, and art, posters clearly reflect the place and time in which they were made. Through them, Poster House explores everything from avant-garde design, to changing societal norms, and all the fads and fashions over the last 160 years. Poster House was founded in 2015 with an eye towards filling a long-acknowledged gap in the New York cultural landscape. While there are several poster museums around the world, New York, with its long relationship with advertising and design, did not have such a dedicated public institution. After several years of planning and construction, Poster House opened its doors on June 20, 2019. Poster House is a member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association.
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"Popular myth has it that Graham liked Wilson’s first concert poster but said he couldn’t use it because the text was il...
03/11/2020
Wes Wilson: From Art Nouveau to Psychedelic | Poster House

"Popular myth has it that Graham liked Wilson’s first concert poster but said he couldn’t use it because the text was illegible, to which Wilson replied, “They’ll stop to read it because they can’t read it.” Targeted marketing at its finest."

This article by our Chief Curator is reproduced in its entirety from the Muse by Clio, where it first appeared on February 14, 2020.

We may be closed until further notice, but you can still get your poster fix on our blog! Head to our website to learn a...
03/11/2020

We may be closed until further notice, but you can still get your poster fix on our blog! Head to our website to learn all about our Poster Timeline installation and why we chose the posters we did to represent major movements in poster history!

03/10/2020
Happy International Women’s Day!!
03/08/2020

Happy International Women’s Day!!

It’s National Absinthe Day! May the Green Fairy be as good to you as Livemont was good to this 1896 poster!
03/05/2020

It’s National Absinthe Day! May the Green Fairy be as good to you as Livemont was good to this 1896 poster!

If you're in NYC, stop by NYU's Casa Italiana to see Propaganda: The Art of Political Indoctrination. It features some g...
03/04/2020
Propaganda: The Art of Political Indoctrination

If you're in NYC, stop by NYU's Casa Italiana to see Propaganda: The Art of Political Indoctrination. It features some great posters!

A documentary short about the exhibition on view at Casa Italiana March 4 - April 17, 2020, featuring interviews with Casa Italiana Director Stefan

Around the turn of the century, Nashville was one of the biggest printing hubs in the country, creating thousands of pos...
03/04/2020

Around the turn of the century, Nashville was one of the biggest printing hubs in the country, creating thousands of posters that traveled all over the United States. Music City is also home to @hatchshowprint , one of the most important poster printers in American history. Our hearts go out to the city and it’s residents in their time of need. Shown is a 70s travel poster for Nashville - a wild pastiche that perfectly sums up all its wonders. 🎶

It’s Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s birthday! Shown is his 1937 poster for winter delights in Monte Carlo!
03/04/2020

It’s Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s birthday! Shown is his 1937 poster for winter delights in Monte Carlo!

Our Midtown SLEEPING GIANT billboards are up!Come and see our two new fabulous exhibitions: THE SLEEPING GIANT & THE SWI...
03/03/2020

Our Midtown SLEEPING GIANT billboards are up!
Come and see our two new fabulous exhibitions: THE SLEEPING GIANT & THE SWISS GRID!

It’s Roger Broders’s birthday! Known as the master of Deco-era travel posters, his work is always stylish and inviting. ...
03/02/2020

It’s Roger Broders’s birthday! Known as the master of Deco-era travel posters, his work is always stylish and inviting. Shown is his 1929 poster for winter sport travel to the French Alps! 🎿

It’s Jean-Michel Folon’s birthday! Known for his modern, surreal graphics, Folon’s posters are simple and strange (and a...
03/01/2020

It’s Jean-Michel Folon’s birthday! Known for his modern, surreal graphics, Folon’s posters are simple and strange (and a ton of fun). Shown is a poster from our Permanent Collection for the 1979 @festivaldecannes

Michael Hertz, designer of iconic NYC subway map, dead at 87
02/28/2020
Michael Hertz, designer of iconic NYC subway map, dead at 87

Michael Hertz, designer of iconic NYC subway map, dead at 87

He put New York transportation on the map. Michael Hertz, the man largely credited with designing the modern New York City subway map, has passed away at 87. He died on Feb. 18 at Nassau University…

You, too, are Liberal by Karl Gerstner (1959). On view now as part of The Swiss Grid
02/28/2020

You, too, are Liberal by Karl Gerstner (1959). On view now as part of The Swiss Grid

POSTER HOUSE IS NOW OPEN!Come and see our two new fabulous exhibitions: THE SLEEPING GIANT & THE SWISS GRID!
02/27/2020

POSTER HOUSE IS NOW OPEN!
Come and see our two new fabulous exhibitions: THE SLEEPING GIANT & THE SWISS GRID!

Opening today: The Swiss Grid, an exhibition tracing the development of an iconic and heavily influential graphic design...
02/27/2020

Opening today: The Swiss Grid, an exhibition tracing the development of an iconic and heavily influential graphic design tool. Shown is Armin Hofmann’s elegant 1965 poster for the City Theater in Basel

From Design Observer
02/26/2020
The Swiss Grid

From Design Observer

In celebration of the new exhibit at the Poster House, “The Swiss Grid”, Steven Heller interviewed Allon Schoener, the curator of the first

It’s Buffalo Bill’s birthday! One of the greatest American showmen, his posters are some of the finest examples of early...
02/26/2020

It’s Buffalo Bill’s birthday! One of the greatest American showmen, his posters are some of the finest examples of early American lithography. Shown is a poster for his show at the Sells Floto Circus c 1915

Poster House's cover photo
02/25/2020

Poster House's cover photo

THE SLEEPING GIANT: POSTERS & THE CHINESE ECONOMY opens at Poster House February 27!
02/25/2020

THE SLEEPING GIANT: POSTERS & THE CHINESE ECONOMY opens at Poster House February 27!

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Shown is Gunther Kieser’s incredibl...
02/24/2020

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Shown is Gunther Kieser’s incredible 1969 poster for Jimi Hendrix.

It’s David Klein’s birthday! 🎉 Shown is one of his best mid century posters for TWA’s service to Las Vegas 🎲
02/23/2020

It’s David Klein’s birthday! 🎉 Shown is one of his best mid century posters for TWA’s service to Las Vegas 🎲

It’s Hans Erni’s birthday!! A unique voice in poster history, here’s his 1973 design advertising the Swiss circus 🎪
02/21/2020

It’s Hans Erni’s birthday!! A unique voice in poster history, here’s his 1973 design advertising the Swiss circus 🎪

On this day in history, Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms first appeared.
02/20/2020

On this day in history, Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms first appeared.

Original Drawing + Finished Poster by the late Bonnie MacLean for The Yardbirds and The Doors, on view now at @nyhistory...
02/20/2020

Original Drawing + Finished Poster by the late Bonnie MacLean for The Yardbirds and The Doors, on view now at @nyhistory in the amazing Bill Graham show!!

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Shown is a 1970 design by David Wil...
02/19/2020

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Shown is a 1970 design by David Wilcox of the iconic Nina Simone.

THE SLEEPING GIANT: POSTERS & THE CHINESE ECONOMY opens at Poster House February 27
02/18/2020

THE SLEEPING GIANT: POSTERS & THE CHINESE ECONOMY opens at Poster House February 27

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating black artists and experiences in posters. Shown is a 1949 image of t...
02/18/2020

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating black artists and experiences in posters. Shown is a 1949 image of the great Josephine Baker, one of the earliest female African American performers to reach an international level of fame.

Happy Presidents Day! Rather than feature a campaign poster, we thought this WPA-era silkscreen was a nicer way to celeb...
02/17/2020

Happy Presidents Day! Rather than feature a campaign poster, we thought this WPA-era silkscreen was a nicer way to celebrate one of our late presidents. 🇺🇸

Happy Birthday Shepard Fairey! Shown is his iconic 2008 poster featuring President Obama 🇺🇸
02/15/2020

Happy Birthday Shepard Fairey! Shown is his iconic 2008 poster featuring President Obama 🇺🇸

Happy Valentine’s Day from this Rene Vincent poster.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day from this Rene Vincent poster.

We are sad to report that Bonnie MacLean, one of the few female psychedelic poster artists, has passed away. Shown is he...
02/13/2020

We are sad to report that Bonnie MacLean, one of the few female psychedelic poster artists, has passed away. Shown is her 1967 poster for The Yardbirds and The Doors.

Five talented black designers candidly discuss the frustrations and opportunities in a field where “flesh-colored” means...
02/13/2020
The Black Experience in Graphic Design (1968) - Print Magazine

Five talented black designers candidly discuss the frustrations and opportunities in a field where “flesh-colored” means pink

In this 1968 PRINT article, "Five talented black designers candidly discuss the frustrations and opportunities in a field where "flesh-colored" means pink

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Here is a 1968 design produced by OS...
02/13/2020

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are celebrating the black experience in posters. Here is a 1968 design produced by OSPAAAL, a Cuban organization dedicated to solidarity amongst oppressed peoples around the world.

Learn all about our Children's Exhibition area
02/12/2020
Our Children’s Exhibition Area | Poster House

Learn all about our Children's Exhibition area

Our Children’s Exhibition Area is inspired by 1960s New York City during the Mad Men era of American advertising. Posters from this time overflow with vibrant color, reflecting a love for new technology and a fascination with unbridled youth culture. Consumerism is at a newfound high, and advertis...

In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating the black experience in posters. This poster for Jewish rye bread rep...
02/12/2020

In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating the black experience in posters. This poster for Jewish rye bread represents a landmark moment for inclusiveness in advertising in 1967. Created by the agency DDB, the diverse series made Levy’s the best-selling rye bread in the city.

As part of Black History Month, we are celebrating the history of posters by black artists or which relate to the black ...
02/11/2020

As part of Black History Month, we are celebrating the history of posters by black artists or which relate to the black experience around the world. Created by a member of the Black Panther Party around 1970, at the peak of the Panthers’ popularity, this is one of the more lasting images from the period, in part because its unfortunate cultural relevance persists to this day.

Everybody needs a little bit of magic in their life.
02/10/2020
Carter the Great | Poster House

Everybody needs a little bit of magic in their life.

Working at the same time as Harry Houdini, Charles Joseph Carter (1874–1936) is one of the most important magicians in history. Unlike many of his American contemporaries who remained in the United States, Carter chose to travel the world with his magic show, becoming one of the biggest internatio...

On this day in 1925, Aristide Bruant, legendary cabaret star, passed away. Shown is one of Lautrec’s many posters of the...
02/10/2020

On this day in 1925, Aristide Bruant, legendary cabaret star, passed away. Shown is one of Lautrec’s many posters of the performer.

On Aug. 11, 1965, Marquette Frye — a young black man on parole for robbery — was pulled over in Los Angeles by police fo...
02/09/2020

On Aug. 11, 1965, Marquette Frye — a young black man on parole for robbery — was pulled over in Los Angeles by police for reckless driving. The incident escalated, attracting the attention of the neighborhood, and eventually resulting in what would be known as the Watts riots.

More than an outburst against a random act of police brutality, the riots were a reaction to the heightened racial tensions and disenfranchisement in Los Angeles. David Weidman created this poster as a tongue-in-cheek response to the issues at play.

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Looking forward to a visit to this new museum
America's very own museum devoted to the art and history of the poster opens June 20. (link: http://posterhouse.org) posterhouse.org (link: https://twitter.com/rudynostalgia/status/1125442173602635776/photo/1) pic.twitter.com/AjvdzITypi
Great poster from NYC’s nightlife heyday
goes with the Missouri Girl Poster below
The figures on this poster are life size. I had found out that it was a poster from a Riverboat show. The big paddlwheel showboats that used to travel the Mississippi River, stopping at towns and putting on shows. Any more info on this? I have researched and found nothing.
I love this French Poster we found. Germaine Kerjain. an actress from the golden age.
So happy to finally own this amazing poster. I have seen a few floating around St. Louis. It's huge. Josephine is almost life size.
hop on it , all you artist!!!
Loved this poster that I saw in Italy so much that I got a print of it that now hangs on my wall. :-) Asti, 2006
GREAT IMAGES !