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Poster House Celebrates the Power of Visual Communication with Two New Exhibitions

Poster House Presents Two Exhibitions: Creating Community: Event Posters for AIGA NY and Advertising India’s Sandalwood Film Industry

The shows will be on view:

November 16, 2023 to April 14, 2024

New York, NY – Poster House, the first museum in the United States dedicated to the global history of posters, will open two exhibitions, Creating Community: Event Posters for AIGA NY and Advertising India’s Sandalwood Film Industry on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Poster House, located at 119 West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. 

Creating Community: Event Posters for AIGA NY (November 16, 2023 – April 14, 2024), curated by Angelina Lippert, Chief Curator and Director of Content at Poster House, features 24 works that highlight the full range of events hosted from the late 1980s to the early 2000s by the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ New York chapter (AIGA NY), the largest branch of the groundbreaking professional design association. The exhibit explores the evolving state of the graphic design field, from the analog to the dawn of the digital age and beyond. Featured are some of the 20th century’s most important and notable practitioners who either designed the posters on view or participated in the many panels, discussions, presentations, and events organized by AIGA NY—all of which was done on a volunteer basis in order to promote and elevate the field of graphic design. 

Artists whose posters are exhibited include AIGA members and featured speakers such as: Stefan Sagmeister, Irma Boom, Steff Geissbuhler, Michael Bierut, Mirko Ilic, Wolfgang Weingart, and Niklaus Troxler. 

This exhibition comes to Poster House through a generous loan from AIGA NY. 

Advertising India’s Sandalwood Film Industry (November 16, 2023 – April 14, 2024), curated by Sophia Williamson and Carly Johnson, features 17 works from 2009 that explore Bangalore’s Kannada-language movie industry—affectionately dubbed “Sandalwood” after the region’s trees. Since 1971, a printer known as Ramachandraiah and his son Raju, the shop’s resident artist, have been creating striking movie posters for single-screen cinemas across the city, often copied directly from the movie’s official promotional material. Featuring bold colors and charming hand-drawn images of the film’s stars, these posters encapsulate the essence of South Indian Kannada cinema—passionate, unpretentious, and all-for-profit—shining a light on India’s unique movie culture.  

This exhibition was made possible through a generous gift from Gail Anderson.

For more information on upcoming exhibitions and programming, please visit posterhouse.org.

About Poster House

Poster House, which opened in June 2019, is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the global history of posters. Poster House’s mission is to explore the hidden histories of this art, while mapping their role in today’s media landscape and encouraging the continued evolution of design. Poster House is dedicated to presenting the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication. Learn more at posterhouse.com.

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