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Black History is Poster History

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022

Poster House is excited to partner with Dr. Jonathan Square for a close look at posters in the museum’s collection that address Black history and culture. Dr. Square will explore how Black representation in poster history has evolved over time, drawing from a curated selection of posters from the museum’s permanent collection . Whether created by Black designers, featuring Black figures, targeting Black consumers, or advocating for Black issues, there’s no shortage of overlap between Black history and poster history.

Jonathan Michael Square is the Assistant Professor of Black Visual Culture at Parsons School of Design. He is also currently a fellow in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Fashion Institute of Technology, and, most recently, at Harvard University. His writing has appeared in Fashionista, Fashion Studies Journal, Refinery29, Vestoj, Small Axe, Hyperallergic, British Art Studies, and International Journal of Fashion Studies. He founded and runs the digital humanities project Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, which explores the intersection between histories of enslavement and the fashion system.

This program is presented by CMYK Council, Poster House’s working advisory board of BIPOC creatives, designers, educators, and museum staff.

This online event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees cameras off. Closed Captioning will be provided. ASL interpretation is available upon request — please email access@posterhouse.org to request interpretation services. A recording of this event will be made available for all registered attendees. Questions about accessibility? Please contact Salvador Muñoz, Public Programs Manager, at salvador@posterhouse.org.