"The American Poster" Opens at NCFA

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"The American Poster" opens at the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art. The extensive exhibit traces the history of the poster in the United States. It focuses on three periods in American poster history: a collecting craze in the 1890's; World War I which produced patriotic posters of unequalled force and vigor; and the post-World War II period when poster art by well-known painters became fashionable. Among the contemporary artists represented are Andy Warhol, Ben Shahn, Saul Steinberg, Norman Rockwell, and Saul Bass.


  • Steinberg, Saul
  • Warhol, Andy 1928-
  • Rockwell, Norman 1894-1978
  • Bass, Saul
  • Shahn, Ben 1898-1969
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • American Poster, The (Exhibition)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 405, Box 1, Folder 1969, Calendar of Events, April 1969.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," March, 1969.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


  • April 25, 1969
  • 20th century


  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibit openings
  • Posters, American
  • Posters

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