Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme exhibition. Photo by The Untitled Magazine.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme
On view:
June 20-October 6, 2019
The Poster House Museum

119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY

The first museum in the United States that is solely dedicated to displaying posters has officially opened up in New York. By showcasing exhibitions, publications and events, Poster House is able to present a global view of posters from the beginning of the poster art era in the late 1800s to their present day use. The museum’s all-female leadership team say their mission is led by the medium—they are aiming to engage and educate all audiences about large format graphic designs and their impact on society. The posters they showcase explore mass communication and persuasion, the intersection of art and commerce, and the control of the public domain.

Chief curator Angela Lippert put together their current debut exhibits, Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme and Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s, are on display until October 6. These posters are from two completely different eras, but they both celebrate the artistry of the graphic designers from each exhibit.

This exhibition ventures into the world of the Bohemian artist, Alphonse Mucha. Mucha is the most celebrated graphic designer of the Art Nouveau movement. Poster House showcases how Mucha changed the world of advertising by using alluring, powerful women to advertise a vast majority of items such as cookies, alcohol and rolling papers, representing the newfound independence and free social will that came to women during the 20th century.

Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s
On view:
June 20–October 6, 2019

The Poster House Museum
119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY

The Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s exhibition hones in on the works of Detlaf Fiedler and Daniela Haufe. These men created Cyan, the commercial graphic design agency that was founded after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and were one of the first poster artists to use Photoshop and QuarkXPress while also using inspiration from Bauhaus art academy. Cyan is a leader in the world of printmaking, and the exhibit features the posters that were revolutionary in the 90s. The room is filled with posters that are an explosion of saturated color and text that is perfectly executed and aligned. Their work are proof that in the world of advertisement, posters do not need to be fully interpretable in order to be successful.

Their next upcoming exhibitions will be ready for viewing on October 16. Poster House will be bringing “The Golden Age of Ghanaian Hand-Painted Film Posters” and “Three Years Later: The 2017 Women’s March & Where We Are Today” to the public. Both displays will be on view until January 4, 2020.

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