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.
Allot approximately 1 hour
Captain America by Lawson Chindayen, 1991
King Kong Lives by Leonardo, 1992
Aliens by D.A. Jasper, ca. 1990
The Barbarians by D.A. Jasper, 1995
Ticks by Francisco, 1993
House Party by Sowwy, ca. 1990
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.
Also on view
Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme
June 20–October 6, 2019