Mission & History
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.
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 opens its doors in June 2019.
Director of Operations
Director of Retail Operations
Director of Operations for Café des Affiches
Creative Director, Visual Arts Press, School of Visual Arts
Executive Director Emeritus, Art Directors Club
Professor of Art and Design History, SUNY Purchase
Co-founder and Co-chair of MFA Designer as Author Program, SVA; author
Design Historian, Former Antiques Columnist at the New York Times
President, Swann Galleries
Director, Graphic Design MFA, MICA; Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt
Director of Merchandising, Brooklyn Museum
Director, The Wolfsonian-FIU
Curator, Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, Cooper Union
Chris T. Concannon
Diane B. Lippert
Rubin & Erica Shur
Willis & Claudia Allen
Katherine & Gary Bartholomaus
KUDOS Design Collaboratory
Lauren Miller Walsh
Liz & Chips Moore
Shelley & Bennett Schmidt
Andrew Bencsko III
Anne L. Bradford
Anthony J. Ferrara
Anthony John Bonner
H Ted Bahr
Jet The Guy
Maryanne D. Olson
Muriel Light Egan
Philip K. Bradford
Tory Van Dine
119 West 23rd Street was built around 1901 by The National Cloak Company. The area had first been an elite residential neighborhood, shifting into an active theater district after the Civil War. But the theaters gradually moved north to Times Square and the commercial field moved to 23rd Street. At 10 stories, the building was quite tall for its day, and housed more than just the National Cloak Company’s tailoring services for elegant ladies. Several publishing firms occupied the building, including George Routledge & Sons. Later in the 1920s, stationers and mail order companies moved into 119, followed by novelty manufacturers around the 1950s. But today the building is best known for being home to Tekserve (1987 - 2016), an Apple repair store that was iconic to New Yorkers for its jam-packed decor and unparalleled service.
In 2018, LTL Architects took on the gut-renovation of the almost 15,000 square foot space over 2 floors. The design considers that posters are intended for the street, and uses the length of the space to evoke a sidewalk, playing with industrial materials. Gesturing to the space’s history, the design incorporates several existing features including the exposed brick walls, barrel vaults and cast-iron columns. These elements create a dialogue with the new architecture, blending old and new, playful and serious, and embodying an embrace of the poster’s unique identity as both commerce and art, public information and cultural artifact.
About LTL Architects
LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) is an award winning, design intensive architecture firm founded by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis and located in New York City. LTL engages a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and speculative research, realizing inventive solutions that turn the constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, form and materials.
Poster House actively collects posters that 1) are historically or aesthetically important to the field, 2) support future museum programming, and 3) can be part of the Poster House Living Archive.
The Poster House Living Archive is a collection of contemporary posters from around the world. We are grateful to the original collectors in the 1880s who followed wheatpasters at night through the streets of Paris, built relationships with artists, and supported dealers in the new field of poster collecting. We now continue the tradition by reaching out to designers, ad agencies, and companies to grow a Living Archive of exceptional contributions to the poster medium being made now.
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