About

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.

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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Staff

Angelina Lippert

Chief Curator

Ola Baldych

Design Director

Colin Brady

Director of Operations

Samantha Hirsch

Education Director

Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Education Programs Manager

Melissa Walker

Collection Manager

John F. Lynch

Installation Manager

Heidi Smith

Director of Retail Operations

Molly McGeehan

Product Manager

Melissa Caruso-Scott

Director of Operations for Café des Affiches

Bader AlAwadhi

Marketing Manager

Advisory Board

Gail Anderson

Creative Director, Visual Arts Press, School of Visual Arts

Myrna Davis

Executive Director Emeritus, Art Directors Club

Elizabeth Guffey

Professor of Art and Design History, SUNY Purchase

Steven Heller

Co-founder and Co-chair of MFA Designer as Author Program, SVA; author

Eve Kahn

Design Historian, Former Antiques Columnist at the New York Times

Nicholas Lowry

President, Swann Galleries

Ellen Lupton

Director, Graphic Design MFA, MICA; Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt

Chad Phillips

Director of Merchandising, Brooklyn Museum

Tim Rodgers

Director, The Wolfsonian-FIU

Paula Scher

Partner, Pentagram

Alexander Tochilovsky

Curator, Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, Cooper Union

Founding Members

Our Founding Members supported us from the very beginning, becoming a part of the Poster House Family before we even opened our doors. We are incredibly pleased to recognize their generosity and commitment.

Founding Patron / $2,000

Willis & Claudia Allen

Eric & Amanda Chiappinelli

Robert Chisholm & Lars Larsson

Chris T. Concannon

Peter Kahane

Linda Knight

Diane B. Lippert

Nicholas Lowry

Andrew Merz

Jack Rennert

George Sells

Eric Strobel

Mark & Barbara Suckle

Swann Auction Galleries

Founding Supporter / $500

Dawn Baillie

Ola Baldych & Josh Lawrence

Katherine & Gary Bartholomaus

Todd Canterbury

Suzanne Chisholm

Virginia Clark

Arlene Fauser

Jean Jones

KUDOS Design Collaboratory

Jameson Kung

Jim Lapides

Michael Lifschultz

Lauren Miller Walsh

John Morning

Vincent Ng

David Pollack

Marjorie R. Culver

Bellamy Schmidt

Shelley & Bennett Schmidt

The Skirbunt Family

Susan Termohlen

Richard Toomey

Robert P. Torretti

Kathy Valko

Dave Williams

Philip Williams

Nancy Wolff

Daniel Beth and Haley Spitz

Founding Individual / $100

Amanda Comperchio

Ahmed Abdel-Latif

Neale M. Albert

Joel Alter & Jennifer Tong

Mariano Alvarez

Mark H. Amitin

Gail Anderson

Adrienne Angelo

Michael Angelo

Everett Anton Singer

Caroline Applegarth

The Steven Ausnit Revocable Trust

Alisa Aydin

Joanne Baer

H Ted Bahr

Christian Barillas

Frank Baseman

Karl Beck

Andrew Beckman

Andrew Bencsko III

Sharon Berardino

Betsy Bieler

Merv Bloch

Stephen Bluto

Danuta Boczar

Sherwin Borsuk

Anne L. Bradford

Philip K. Bradford

Liz & George Brandley

Karin Briller

Conner Bryan

Russell Calabrese

Sophia Calderone

Chris Calori

Trevor Carmick

Becky Carpenter

Monica Carter

Kenneth Chanko

Patricia Childers

Paul Christenson

Amanda Cifone

Lyle Cohen

Joanna Cohlan

Barbara S. B. Collins

Patrick Collins

Alletta Cooper

Amanda Cordner

Stephen Cup

Maryanne D. Olson

Zal Dabhoiwala

Michelle Demeter

Robert Depczenski

Mary Lynn Dermott

Clare DeZutti

Alice Dickinson

Juliano Domingues

Richard Dorfman

Norbert Drey

Robert Duane

Stephen Durkee

Robyn Dutra

Erin Edwards

Shiva Eftekhari

Muriel Light Egan

Patricia Elaine

Bettie Elghanian

Phyllis Elliott

Jeffrey Ellis & Lisa Mercer

Matthew Ellis

Claudia Rose Emerson

Anthony B. Engel

Ashley Epping

Cameron Etheredge

Adam Evans

Heidi Evans

Joey Falsetta

Anthony J. Ferrara

Cole Ferry

Sidney Fillipi

Alan Fiore

Stephen Fontana

Jacob Ford

Jason Forman

Rudy Franchi

Daniel Frohwirth

Eileen Galen

George Garrastegui

Jennifer Weber

Andrew Garvin

Martin Gee

Howard Gelman

Gila Gevirtz

Christopher Gibson & Lisa Hindmarsh

Pete Gibson

Ken Godat

Rachel Gogel

Amy Goldman

Jeffrey Goldstein

 

 

Solomon Goldstein & Rhoda Metzger

John Gotman

Sharon Greytak

Maneka K. Grewal

Mary Lee Grisanti

Erik Gudowski

Nanci Guerra

Susan Hadden

Martha Hagood

Camille Hall

Gregory Hamilton

Max Hamlin

David A. Hanks

Jeffrey Hantover

Constance S. Harris

Brian Harwell

Chris Haske

Christian Havemeyer

Patti & Dave Hegland

Christian Henkel

Leslie Herman

Tanja Herron

Jodi Hirsch

Sharon Horowitz

Paul Isaac

Shigemichi Ishitani

Mark J. Weinbaum

Rob Jackson

Bharat Jalan

Anthony John Bonner

Heather Jones

Allen Joslyn

Jody Kamen

Deby Kanner

Rebecca Kaplan

L Mohun Kapur

David Karp

Greg Katz

Allen Kaufman

Jonathan King

Lillian Kirch

Zeynep Kiris

Alex Knowlton

Steven Kowalik

Andrew Krivine

John Labozza

Carl S. Laise

Juliett G. Lam

Alison Lands

Scott Laserow

Nancy Lasher

Patrick Lavilla

Nancy LeaMond

Laura Lendrum

Kristin Leu

Steven Leung

Sandra Levinson

Eric Leyton

Claire Lieberwitz

Fiona Lin

Blake Livingston

Judy Loeb Goldfein

Emily Long

Dorothy Loper

Alexis Lovely

David Lowden

Curt Lund

Leslie Luxemburg

Elizabeth Manzi

Silvia Marquez Pease

Ralph Martinez

Alfra Martini

June Masuda

Devin Mathis

Jane Maxwell

David McCarthy

Karl McCobb

Cinnamon McCullum

Genevieve McGillicuddy

Nicholas Mcguire

Amy McNamara

Holly McWhorter

Matt & Jennifer Mecs

Tim Medland

Elizabeth Meggs

Adam and Agata Meisel

Katya Mezhibovskaya

Zac Mitchum

Thomas Mohan

Jacob Morris

Lisa Marie Mraz

John & Josephine Murphy

Dave Nadel

Tom Napper

Giovanni Negron

David Neill

Amy Neiman

Daniel X. O’Neil

Sean O’Neill

 

Katherine Olney

Orange Sparkle Ball

Glenn Pajarito

Issela Palacios

Jason Pamental

Crystal Paris

Jameson Parker

Meredith R. Perlman

Alan Pettingill

Phong Phong

Caterina Y. Pierre

Beth Player-DiCicco

Donald Pogoloff

Daniel Prada

Katherine Prior

Leslie Pule

Francisco Quesada

John Rankin

Gillian Redfern

Erin Reese

Elizabeth Resnick

Hilke Richards

Harlan Rips

Frank Rivera

Stephanie Robinson

Mickey Ross

Jonathan Rowley and Joseph Truong

Wanda Rubin

Elliot Safra

Richard G. Safran

Bernard Salanie

Ina Saltz

Rob Saunders

Thelonia Saunders

Sal Scamardo

Lars Schmidt

Alexander Schneider

Heike Schneider

John Schobel

Berncie Schoenbaum

Ann Schoenfeld

Michael Schussler

Pearls Schwartz

Claire Shapiro

Cliff Shapiro & Jeffrey Hart

Nancy Shor

Rubin and Erica Shur

Ariel Silverman

Travis Simpson

Karen Wade Smiley

Kevin Smith

Zachary Sniderman

Gail Spangenberg

Shanti Sparrow

Saul Spicer

Abigail Starr

Judith Steckler

Mark Stevens

Thor Stockman

Jack Strain

Peter Stults

Ken Sutak

Richard Sutor

Marion Lear Swaybill

Terri Talbert

Don Tancredo

Gerald Thamm

Jet The Guy

Yen-Li Thompson

Joy Tiyasirichokchai

Logan Tracey

Tani Trentlyon

Joseph Truong

Winston Tseng

Anne Turner

Michael Tutko

Erica Udoff

Tory Van Dine

Joseph Van Jura

Sarah Vassallo

Katharina Volk

Nina Wallace

Sandra K .Wasserman

Cary Weissman

Craig Welsh

Catriona Werth

Greg Wetzel

Jane Wichern

William D. Wick

William Willis

David Willmon

Donna Wilson

Larry Winderbaum

Norman Wittlin

Ernie Wolfe III

Jodi Yellen

Laurie Yosha

Ben Yousey-Hindes

Leonard Zax

Marcin Zeglinski

 

The Building

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.

Collections

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.

If you are interested in donating to Poster House, please consider the following:

  • We do not accept unsolicited donations, so please do not send us posters without speaking with our Collections Department. Unsolicited donations will be disposed of and cannot be returned.
  • Poster House defines a poster as a public-facing, printed notice meant to persuade, entertain, or influence. The artwork must be originally conceived for that poster and not derive from a decorative print run, painting, or other art form. We do not collect art posters, limited-edition prints, museum exhibition posters, or other images which were not originally created as posters.
  • We reserve the right to dispose of any donated posters that jeopardize the safety of the rest of our collection. This includes posters infected by mold, posters printed with hazardous inks, and posters printed on vinyl stickers.
  • Poster House encourages you to claim a tax deduction for your donation to the fullest extent allowed by law. If your donation exceeds $5,000 in value, you should seek outside appraisal prior to donation. While we cannot appraise your collection, we can recommend appraisers who can.
  • We review collection donation requests periodically; please allow us 10 business days to respond.
  • If you’re unsure if what you have qualifies or if you have any questions about our donation policy, please reach out! collections@posterhouse.org

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