A neon green poster with an illustration of short navy blue hair and pink text.
October 1, 2019

Paula Scher: The Public Theater Collection

Rating: PG-13

The Shop at Poster House is presenting a capsule collection and sale of some of Paula Scher’s best poster designs for The Public Theater, representing 25 years of poster collaborations.


Left: Blade to the Heat (1994)

Right: Simpatico (1994)

Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world. Described as the “master conjurer of the instantly familiar,” Scher straddles the line between pop culture and fine art in her work. She began her career as an art director in the 1970s and early 80s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential.

In 1994, Paula Scher was tasked with rebranding The Public Theater, a New York-based cultural institution with a mission to show theater that is “artist driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic.” Scher used typography in dynamic and exciting ways to create a vibrant identity for The Public that is instantly recognizable. Relying on a combination of bold, sans-serif type and sharp, simple images, the posters reflected the pulse of the city and the dynamism of The Public’s productions.

Scher also created the logo and identity for Poster House utilizing unique typeface. Designed
to function like a frame, the Poster House logo uses a custom font that evokes design styles
throughout history from Art Deco to 70s display type. Scher has created iconic identities for major museums such as MoMA, The Cooper Hewitt, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.



Left: Some People (1994)

Right: Silence, Cunning, Exile (1994)


Left: Dog Opera (1994)

Right: Space (1999)


Left: As You Like It (2003)

Right: Fucking A (2003)

Paula Scher’s incredible posters for The Public Theater will be on display in our gift shop through October 16 while we change over our main galleries, and are available for purchase.

Please email shop@posterhouse.org with inquiries.

Lead image: Him (1994)

All images courtesy of the artist.