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Michael Halsband, Palladium / Warhol-Basquiat, 1985. Photo: Poster House

NYC’s First Poster Museum Will Open in 2018

New York City’s first art museum solely dedicated to posters, called Poster House, is set to open in late 2018. The upcoming arts space aims to present the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication. Located in a 15,000-square-foot space in Chelsea, the venue will occupy what was formerly TekServe, the precursor to the Apple store in New York City.

The institution will temporarily stage pop-up exhibitions until its official opening. “Gone Tomorrow,” a month-long show of posters from New York City venues that have shut down—a nod to Tekserve, which rented 119 West Twenty-Third Street for twenty-six years before it permanently closed its doors last summer—will inaugurate the space.

According to Artnet, the institution’s financial backers “wish to remain anonymous to let the organization stand on its own.” The unnamed group has promised $6 million toward the refurbishment of the interior of the building and $9 million for operating costs through 2019. After renovations, the museum will feature exhibition galleries, a screening room, a gift shop, a café, and an on-site preservation facility.

The museum will be managed by president Val Crosswhite and Julia Knight, the former program and operations director of apexart. Angelina Lippert, the former director of Rennert’s Gallery, will serve as chief curator. The Poster House’s advisory board includes Tim Rodgers, the director of the Wolfsonian-FIU; Elizabeth Guffey, a professor of art and design history at SUNY Purchase; and Nicholas Lowry, president of Swann Galleries.

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