Baptized By Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana

October 17–January 5, 2020

This exhibition contains information about how movies, economics, and religion mixed in the 1980s & 1990s to inspire larger-than-life posters in Ghana. It presents the work of 22 artists whose posters tell the story of how Western movies not only became symbols of modernity, but also vehicles for religious experience. Each artist’s signature style reflects Ghana’s rich tradition of painting, as well as the influence of Western commercial graphics portrayed on VHS and PAL box covers. The eye-catching, sometimes shocking graphics reference a hybrid of indigenous and Pentecostal symbology, where Rambo and the Terminator become messengers of moral ideologies in a larger-than-life mashup of pop culture and religion.

  • Curator
  • Angelina Lippert
  • Exhibition Design
  • Ola Baldych
  • Visitor Information
  • Allot approximately 1 hour

  • Parental Guidance
  • Parents Please Note: This exhibition is rated PG-13 for depictions of movie violence, weapons, and mild nudity.
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Selected Artworks

Captain America 45X60 Ec2P187

Captain America by Lawson Chindayen, 1991

King Kong Lives 43X68 Ec2P180

King Kong Lives by Leonardo, 1992

Aliens 35X54 Ec1P76

Aliens by D.A. Jasper, ca. 1990

The Barbarians 46X74 Ec2P66

The Barbarians by D.A. Jasper, 1995

Ticks 47X68 Ec1P214

Ticks by Francisco, 1993

House Party 43X60 Ec1P15

House Party by Sowwy, ca. 1990

Thank You

This collection comes to Poster House through a generous loan from the Ernie Wolfe Gallery, which houses the most complete collection of Golden Age Ghanaian movie posters in the United States.