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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Listen to Grace Young talk with NPR All Things Considered about #Chinatownstories
06/09/2020
How The Pandemic Has Transformed New York's Chinatown

Listen to Grace Young talk with NPR All Things Considered about #Chinatownstories

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with food writer Grace Young, who made a series of YouTube videos Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories, about the state of New York's Chinatown at the moment.

Powerful black, female figures appear repeatedly within Douglas's work, this 1969 poster for Afro-American solidarity pe...
06/08/2020

Powerful black, female figures appear repeatedly within Douglas's work, this 1969 poster for Afro-American solidarity perhaps being the most iconic in his oeuvre. He has been quoted saying these images were inspired by the many strong women in the Black Panther Party, who took on leadership roles, went to prison for the cause, and worked alongside him at the newspaper. Today we celebrate the many women of color who have championed Civil Rights.

The Black Liberation Army was an underground organization affiliated with the Black Panther Party, active in the USA fro...
06/07/2020

The Black Liberation Army was an underground organization affiliated with the Black Panther Party, active in the USA from 1970 to 1981. Their stated goal was to “take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States.” This poster by Madame Binh Graphics Collective from c. 1975, however, simply calls for the freedom of two of their members, Assata Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, who were convicted of murdering a police officer. While Shakur escaped prison and has lived her life in political asylum in Cuba, Acoli is still serving a life sentence. Behind their figures in this poster we see other figures who fought for black freedom, including Toussaint L'Ouverture, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and George Jackson.

Issued by the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in 1992, this poster by Scott Braley was created in response to the viol...
06/07/2020

Issued by the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee in 1992, this poster by Scott Braley was created in response to the violent beating of Rodney Glen King by the LAPD on March 3, 1991. This act of police brutality became a national headline because a bystander, George Holliday, videotaped it from his balcony. Although there was mass public outcry, all the officers involved were acquitted, resulting in six days of rioting during which 63 more people were killed. This civil unrest forced President George Bush to announce that the federal government would charge the officers with violating King's civil rights. Two of the officers served a prison sentence.

Emory Douglas created numerous images for the Black Panther Party from 1967 to the early 1980s. He also art directed, de...
06/06/2020

Emory Douglas created numerous images for the Black Panther Party from 1967 to the early 1980s. He also art directed, designed, and illustrated The Black Panther, the organization's newspaper. In this 1969 poster, a young boy is shown announcing the headline of the latest edition: All Power to The People!

Grace Young continues her work on "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories," walking through the streets of Chinatown. Last week ...
06/06/2020

Grace Young continues her work on "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories," walking through the streets of Chinatown. Last week more businesses had started opening up again. This week storefronts are boarded up, many bearing the names of black men and women who are recent victims of police violence. The mom and pop shops face more challenges than ever in their fight for survival. For the complete "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories" series, visit our Special Projects page at https://posterhouse.org/special-project/corona-virus-chinatown-stories/

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
06/05/2020

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

wheat pasted in Brooklyn, from the Questions series.

Distributed by the Robert Brown Elliott League and the Black Panther Party, this 1970s poster needs little explanation. ...
06/05/2020

Distributed by the Robert Brown Elliott League and the Black Panther Party, this 1970s poster needs little explanation. The slaughter of black people must be stopped.

OSPAAAL was an international organization that emerged in Cuba under Fidel Castro. It created hundreds of posters in sup...
06/04/2020

OSPAAAL was an international organization that emerged in Cuba under Fidel Castro. It created hundreds of posters in support of oppressed peoples around the world, their sole goal being the decolonisation of countries in the post-WWII period. All of their posters feature messages of support in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Arabic). This 1968 design by Daysi Garcia is one of many posters which announce solidarity with African Americans.

Honor King: End Racism, Designer Unknown, 1968Five days after the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike filled the streets ...
06/03/2020

Honor King: End Racism, Designer Unknown, 1968
Five days after the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike filled the streets with the now-iconic poster I Am A Man, Coretta Scott King led another group of protesters holding this poster in honor of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., who had been assassinated just four days prior. The strike ended eight days later with the city agreeing to union recognition and raises.

06/03/2020
ThoughtMatter

ThoughtMatter

“The Constitution was written for white powerful men. Period.” As protests against police brutality and racial injustice sweep the nation, questions about the Constitution's relevance have only intensified. Does the Constitution fairly protect and represent black Americans and other people of color? What does a Constitution written for all Americans look like? The latest episode of our #ForThePeople docuseries goes live tomorrow, featuring a guest who doesn’t believe the Constitution, nor her industry were designed for her, or people like her. Stay tuned.

Black Lives Matter: Resources and Responses
06/03/2020
Black Lives Matter: Resources and Responses

Black Lives Matter: Resources and Responses

The killing of George Floyd has prompted demonstrations across the world and an outpouring from across the creative industries against racism. Here, we collate some of the most powerful resources and responses

Racism Chains Both, Hugo Gellert, c. 1970. Solidarity is the only way forward. Although this poster was created as a col...
06/03/2020

Racism Chains Both, Hugo Gellert, c. 1970.
Solidarity is the only way forward. Although this poster was created as a collaboration between the Communist Party USA and the Black Liberation Commission in the 1970s, it speaks to the fact that what oppresses one of us, still oppresses all of us regardless of political affiliation.

"MLK, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference planned the Poor People's Campaign of 1968 to fight for econo...
06/02/2020

"MLK, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference planned the Poor People's Campaign of 1968 to fight for economic justice in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The PPC was ultimately held over 6 weeks in D.C.by Ralph Abernathy in the wake of King's assassination on April 4th of that year."

Black Lives Matter. The lives of Eric Garner, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor matter. We add their names to a long list—a shamefully long list—that represents the systemic racism upon which the United States is built, and the power of the police to enact violence with little to no repercussions. These names and more have rightfully forced people into the streets in protest. The cure to these protests is more than performative activism on social media. The cure to these protests is social justice. The cure to these protests is a living wage. These paths were outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his “The Other America” speech in 1967—more than 50 years ago. Paths that we still need to walk. We know that members of our community are deeply affected by this inequality and prejudice. We hear you, we see you, and we stand with you.

What will we do.

We are privileged to work with a medium that has supported the fight for freedom and equal rights around the world. Posters are made by the people, for the people, to petition for justice. We will continue to share their important history.

Poster House will continue its mission to showcase the work of and create opportunities for historically underrepresented communities, both in our programming and in our hiring. We will continue to emphasize collecting posters from BIPOC makers and designers. We will continue amplifying Black designers and Black-run organizations.

As a museum with an educational mission, we will share resources: books to read, documentaries to watch, and organizations to follow. We will also keep providing programming and opportunities for Black designers to tell their stories that are often left out of the canons of design history.

As a site of community with a public platform, we will use that platform to amplify the voices, actions, and work of BIPOC activists and creators.

As an office, we will engage in DEI workshops among our own staff to ensure that we are doing the work, individually and as a team, while also ensuring that our museum operations prioritize equity and inclusivity for not just staff, but our visitors as well.

There are protests and riots because of underlying issues long present in this country. No amount of time will heal these wounds without action. For again, as MLK spoke, “the ultimate logic of racism is genocide.” That is the course we allow if we remain silent.

National Museum of American History
06/01/2020

National Museum of American History

"Turn anger, fear, and grief into action" reads this 1987 poster commenting on inaction during the AIDS epidemic.

As Pride month begins, we're reflecting on the many ways Americans have fought for equality on behalf of themselves and others. All month, we will be sharing their stories.

Laws and ideologies which oppress one of us, oppress all of us. Fight racism, the true enemy of America. Shown is a post...
06/01/2020

Laws and ideologies which oppress one of us, oppress all of us. Fight racism, the true enemy of America. Shown is a poster by Symeon Shimin, c. 1948. #BlackLivesMatter

First used during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike (and recently seen in our Women’s March show chronicling th...
05/31/2020

First used during the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike (and recently seen in our Women’s March show chronicling the history of American protest), this poster’s message is sadly still relevant and needed today, over 50 years later. #BlackLivesMatter

Poster display in the window of Comics n’ More in Easthampton, MA. #postersinthewild
05/31/2020

Poster display in the window of Comics n’ More in Easthampton, MA.

#postersinthewild

05/31/2020

Josef Fenneker’s Apache

#BlackLivesMatter Kennedy Prints
05/30/2020

#BlackLivesMatter
Kennedy Prints

05/30/2020

A psychedelic poster in today’s #museumathome

So-Good Weekly
05/30/2020

So-Good Weekly

"Messages For The City" PSA Poster Campaign is a collaboration between Poster House NYC, @TSqArts, @Printmag and @forfreedoms (For Freedoms Collective) that launched on digital screens throughout the five boroughs of New York starting from April 17, 2020.

More Than 30 local and global artists and designers are contributing PSA artworks that appear in Times Square as well as senior centers, health clinics and food pantries.

Currently, "Messages For The City" is in its second phase, serving as an honor to essential workers (transportation employees, sanitation workers, delivery people and grocery store clerks) across the United States.

#sogoodweekly #sogoodprojects #combatcovid19 #posterhouseNYC #printmag #tsqarts #forfreedom #messagesforthecity #PSA #campaign

#CombatCovid PSA Campaign
05/29/2020
#CombatCovid PSA campaign | Communication Arts

#CombatCovid PSA Campaign

Times Square Arts, For Freedoms and Poster House teamed up to rally artists to create messages of solidarity for all the essential workers that are keeping New York running.

05/29/2020

Don’t Litter!

#Chinatown The Bowery Boys
05/28/2020
Manhattan's Chinatown: a tribute to the old neighborhood, and to the temptations of rich delicacies and basement vices - The Bowery Boys: New York City History

#Chinatown The Bowery Boys

Doyers Street or ‘the Bloody Angle’, a street you might not want to find yourself on in the 1900s — unless you were an opera buff. PODCAST Manhattan’s Chinatown is unique among New York neighborhoods as its origins and its provocative history can still be traced in many of the buildings and ...

Read Jenna Wortham's entry 'how i'm spending my spare time, energy and money' Wok Wednesdays
05/28/2020
Notes From Our Homes to Yours

Read Jenna Wortham's entry 'how i'm spending my spare time, energy and money' Wok Wednesdays

Suggestions, lists, distractions and quarantine diaries from our reporters, critics and editors.

05/28/2020

A #museumathome moment with our Docent in honor of the #unhcr UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

05/27/2020
Access at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Access at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For #TipTuesday, we're sharing a program from our friends at Poster House!

Every month, Poster House offers Vibrant Verbal Description Tours specifically for the low vision and blind community. Explore one of the museum’s shows with an experienced educator trained in the art of verbal description and learn more about the history of printed posters.

This tour will focus on Part One of a general history of lithographic posters, starting with the Belle Époque period through the 1950s!

The program will occur on Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm. You can email [email protected] to register.

https://posterhouse.org/event/remote-vibrant-verbal-description-tour

Alex Au-Yeung of Phat Eatery in Katy, Texas, like many Asian American businesses, felt the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemi...
05/27/2020

Alex Au-Yeung of Phat Eatery in Katy, Texas, like many Asian American businesses, felt the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic weeks before the nation did. As his Chinatown neighbors struggled alongside with him, Alex looked for ways to help Houston’s restaurant and food community in any way he could— from creating an online ordering/delivery platform to help the Chinese BBQ restaurant next door to stocking his restaurant’s freezers with frozen dumplings from another family-owned restaurant to sell to his patrons to help that restaurant survive, and purchasing hundreds of bottles of hot sauce when he learned that a local hot sauce shop was struggling to keep its doors open. He gave the bottles of hot sauce to his customers as a thank you for their patronage.

He and his staff have also helped assemble and distribute thousands of meals to Houston’s hospitality workers who have been laid off due to Covid-19. He is no stranger to operating a restaurant during a pandemic. When SARS arrived in Hong Kong, he was training under an esteemed chef. He saw firsthand how the pandemic affected restaurants and businesses and recalls the same social distancing and similar guidelines used then as he applies now to safely operate his restaurant as doors re-open to the dining public. Though a native of Hong Kong, Alex considers Katy and Houston home. If this virus has achieved one thing, it’s allowed him to exercise his creativity to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and his community.

#chinatownstories #chinatownstrong #posterhousenyc #supportchinatown #katyasiantown #chinatownhouston #houstonfood #shiftmeals #savetxrestaurants #keeprestaurantsopen #houstonrestaurants #katytx #katyfortbendfoodies #phateatery #malaysianfood #covid19 #toosmalltofail #houstonstrong #houstontx

The #ClioAwards made a downloadable coloring book of ads!
05/27/2020
Color Me Clio

The #ClioAwards made a downloadable coloring book of ads!

A coloring book for creatives (and their kids) in quarantine.

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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 !