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Raymond Savignac, You Get Surprise out of Life (1954), detail | Courtesy of Poster House
Raymond Savignac, You Get Surprise out of Life (1954), detail | Courtesy of Poster House
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A New Museum Dedicated to Posters Will Open in NYC Next Year

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 29 August 2017
Poster House, a new exhibition space exclusively dedicated to poster art from the late 19th century through the present day, will open in Chelsea next year.

With a growing collection of approximately 1,000 posters from both World Wars and international advertisers, Poster House will be the first museum in New York City entirely devoted to the medium.

Elena Serrano, Dia del Guerrillero Heroico (1968)
Elena Serrano, Dia del Guerrillero Heroico (1968) | Courtesy of Poster House

Backed by anonymous investors, Poster House will be “dedicated to presenting the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication,” according to the venture’s website. The rotation of posters on view will cater to all interests, from art to design, film, advertising, history, and beyond.

Silkscreen poster titled Viaje a los Tiempos Prehistóricos (1956) by Eladio Rivadulla Martinez for the Cuban release of the Czech film, Trip to Prehistoric Times.
Silkscreen poster titled Viaje a los Tiempos Prehistóricos (1956) by Eladio Rivadulla Martinez for the Cuban release of the Czech film, Trip to Prehistoric Times. | Courtesy of Poster House

While the space won’t officially open until late 2018, Poster House will inaugurate their local presence with a pop-up show titled Gone Tomorrow on September 20, 2017. A curated selection of posters and other memorabilia will be on display for a month to honor the beloved New York City venues that have gone out of business, and events “that remain only in our memories and through ephemera,” Poster House’s website explains.

Shepard Fairey, We The People (2017)
Shepard Fairey, We The People (2017) | Courtesy of Poster House

Poster House will operate within a former TekServe at 119 West 23rd Street in Chelsea. Following a multi-million-dollar restoration, the museum will be complete with galleries, a screening room, in-house conservation space, café, and gift shop.