SH: What is the timeline and plan for making this an accessible public institution?
JK: We are at an exciting phase in this project, which is the very front end of the design process for the museum. At this moment, we have hired LTL Architects and are putting together our team of media advisors, food services consultants, lighting designers, acoustic specialists, and all the other subcontractors who contribute their knowledge to the overall build out. So while we remain excited, we also remain a bit vague about our timeline for opening until we get a bit further along with the actual design plan. We expect to open our doors in late 2018, and we will keep the public updated on our progress through our blog - so tune in there for more info!
We will be a museum in midtown Manhattan and our entry fee will be a suggested donation, which we hope will encourage everyone to participate. We have a really central location on 23rd street that makes it easy for all audiences to come to us physically. And our programming will span topics that speak to a very wide range of people. So, this is not a specialty museum for people who just have a love of posters or who just have a love of graphic design or typography. We’re really reaching out to a much broader audience. Posters have always been designed with a mass audience in mind, so it’s a natural fit for us to reach out with the same intention.
VC: We’re also really focused on exciting programming that will support the exhibitions. Talks with designers, events for kids, film screenings — we want to get people through the doors and excited about poster design. Posters are so universally appealing, which means that the content of this museum is naturally very accessible. We’re really committed to presenting posters in a way that invites everyone to take part.