Tour the exhibition How Posters Work at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum with senior curator Ellen Lupton and assistant curator Caitlin Condell. View the exhibition and visit behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at special pieces in the Drew Heinz Study Center for Drawings and Prints. Over the last century, posters have served both as utilitarian communication and as design discourse. Presenting an extraordinary selection of works from the museum’s collection, How Posters Work explores diverse principles of visual thinking—from focusing the eye and assaulting the surface to the art of telling stories.
Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Her exhibition Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics. Recent books include Type on Screen (2014).