New York City’s First Art Space Dedicated Entirely to Posters Will Open in 2018

A new cultural institution wants you to take your favorite dorm-room decoration more seriously. Poster House, the first art space in New York City devoted exclusively to the medium, aims to trace the history of posters and their impact on design history, politics, and visual culture. The institution, which is backed by a mysteriously anonymous group, is due to open a permanent 15,000-square-foot space in Chelsea in late 2018.

Ahead of its official opening next year, Poster House will offer a taste of its space and program with a month-long pop-up exhibition due to open on September 20. The show, “Gone Tomorrow,” will present posters, handbills, signs, and ephemera from beloved New York City venues that have closed their doors, from the Palladium concert venue to the Electric Circus nightclub.

The inaugural show is also a nod to Poster House’s own space, which is housed in the former home of Tekserve, a precursor to the Apple Store on 23rd Street that closed last summer after 26 years.

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Xochi Maberry-Gaulkeart