Poster House

119 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 - United States

917-722-2439

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Poster House is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the art and history of the poster.

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.

Exhibits

Exhibit Description:
The Push Pin Legacy
September 2 2021-February 6 2022
This exhibition explores the incredible impact Push Pin Studios had on the resurgence and evolution of American commercial illustration.

Founded by Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins, and Edward Sorel—and soon joined by Milton Glaser—Push Pin served as a counterpoint to the slick ads being created on Madison Avenue and the rigid, grid-based designs popular in Europe. They were referential, drawing from troves of disparate and often forgotten tropes from past art movements and time periods, hurtling them into the new, playful visual language of the 1960s and beyond.

The studio also served as an incubator for a myriad of designers who would become legends in their field, from the aforementioned founders to the likes of Paul Davis, Barry Zaid, Richard Mantel, James McMullan, John Alcorn, and many, many more.

You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits
September 2, 2021–February 6, 2022
For years, the term “Blaxploitation” has been used derisively to dismiss or caricature a bygone era of low-budget Black cinema—but it was and is so much more.

It was its own genre—one that provided a rare opportunity for Black men and women to be heroic, strong, cool, sexy, and, most importantly, to win on the big screen after decades with either little or demeaning representation. Struggling major studios in the 1970s also relied on these films to stay afloat, and they found mainstream success thanks to their charismatic stars and unforgettable soundtracks.

A crucial part of marketing these films (which were released roughly between 1970 and 1979) was their larger-than-life posters. The bigger the guns and more sultry the sirens, the better. These posters promised and delivered an excitement all their own, and have since become irresistible collectables for connoisseurs of Black cinema. This exhibit honors the impact of Blaxploitation and its contemporary resonance.

What’s The Score? The Posters of LeRoy Neiman
September 2, 2021–March 27, 2022
LeRoy Neiman designed posters announcing boxing matches, marathons, automobile races, golf tournaments, tennis championships, football games, and five Olympics. His work also became the face of some of the most established jazz festivals in the United States.

In honor of the centennial of his birth year, this mini-exhibition highlights some of Neiman’s best advertising posters, promoting sporting events and concerts around the world.

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