American Poster Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Poster Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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After "TFAO references" are links to valuable online resources found outside our website. Links may be to museums' articles about exhibits, plus much more topical information based on our online searches.

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Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71 (3/27/09)

Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin's Transcendence (9/18/07)

San Francisco Psychedelic (2/21/07)

Patriotism and Persuasion: Posters of World War I (5/16/05)

Rock On! (5/10/05)


Rock On! The Art of the Music Poster from the 60s and 70s (1/21/04)

Feelin' Groovy: Rock and Roll Graphics, 1966-1970 (5/20/03)

The Art of the Music Poster of the 60s and 70s (5/8/03)

Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California (5/23/03)

High Society: Psychedelic Rock Posters of Haight-Ashbury (4/5/02)


Hooray for Rockwell's Hollywood (6/12/99)

Drew--Art of the Cinema (6/12/99)

Posters American Style at the Oakland Museum of California (6/5/99)

Posters American Style (1/2/98)



(above: Poster for Zion National Park, Utah, 1938, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


(above: Poster for Yellowstone National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service, c. 1938, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


(above: Poster for Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, 1938, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


(above: Poster for Fort Marion National Monument (now Castillo de San Marcos), St. Augustine, Florida, c. 1938, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


From other websites:

The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company, 1878-1939, an exhibit held February 26, 2011 to July 10, 2011 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Accessed August, 2015.

The Art of Reading: American Publishing Posters of the 1890s is a 2019 exhibit at the  Portland Art Museum - Oregon which says: " Posters were placed in bookshops and on newsstands to entice readers to purchase books and magazines, but soon the artistic posters became more popular than the work they advertised." Accessed 8/20

Essence of Summer: Stephen Frykholm's Picnic Posters for Herman Miller  is a 2018 exhibit at the Cranbrook Art Museum which says: "Frykholm's bold use of bright colors, dynamic compositions, and simplified forms harken back to the modern designs of the twentieth-century European object poster, but rendered in a timely Pop art idiom." Accessed 5/18

Gotta DANCE! The Art of the Dance Movie Poster From the Collection of Mike Kaplan, an exhibit held May 23 - September 30, 2012 at the California Heritage Museum. Accessed December, 2015

"It's Alive!" Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is a 2017 exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum which says: "Originally designed as ephemeral works, many of the artworks on view are exceedingly rare or even singular in nature. Celebrating the graphic artistry of these posters, the exhibition also delves into the cultural meaning of horror and sci-fi films and the scientific underpinning of fear." Accessed 9/17

Psychedelic Signatures: Rock Posters from the Andrew and Victoria Olson Collection, an exhibit held une 21, 2011 -  January 15, 2012 at the Tweed Museum of Art. Includes online video. Accessed April, 2015.

Summer of Love: Psychedelic Posters from SCMA, an exhibit held June 14 - September 15, 2013 at the Smith College Museum of Art. Includes exhibition guide. Accessed April, 2015.

When 6 Was 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco, an exhibit held May 26 ­ September 16, 2007 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. Includes News Release. Accessed January, 2015.

Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War, an exhibit held August 2 - November 3, 2014 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Includes gallery guide and press release. Accessed February, 2015.

In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Titles relating to American representational art available for free viewing via.pdf download or online reading as of 2013 include: American Art Posters of the 1890s in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the Leonard A. Lauder Collection; Kiehl, David W., with essays by Phillip Dennis Cate, Nancy Finlay, and David W. Kiehl (1987). Accessed August, 2015.

Psychedelic Art. NewArtTV presents Psychedelic Art (Whitney Museum of American Art.) [10:43]. Accessed August, 2015.


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