Object Timeline

1989

  • Work on this object began.

1996

  • We acquired this object.

2016

2021

  • You found it!

Poster, Do the Right Thing, 1989

This is a Poster. It was designed by Art Sims and written by Spike Lee and company: Universal Pictures and production directed by Spike Lee and produced by Spike Lee and 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. It is dated 1989 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Art Sims, graduated from Michigan State University in 1975. He began his graphic design career in New York City as Associate Designer for CBS Records and subsequently relocated to Los Angeles where he was hired as Director of Art/Design for Capitol Records. At Capitol, he designed record covers, corporate logos and identities, and advertising campaigns for consumer and trade ads. In 1980, Sims created his own design firm, 11:24 Design. His clients include Stevie Wonder Productions, Quincy Jones Productions, Eddie Murphy Productions, and MCA Records. Sims also has worked in the areas of film, television, and video.

These posters have been reviewed by Marilyn Symmes, Ellen Lupton, and Gail Davidson. Konstanze Bachmann has also reviewed them for conservation problems. She notes small nicks and creases at corners, otherwise the condition is fine. We recommend retaining this material for the collection because it documents the films of a major African-American director and filmmaker an

This object was donated by Art Sims. It is credited Gift of Art Sims.

Its dimensions are

92.4 × 62.1 cm (36 3/8 × 24 7/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in pen and black ink, lower right: Art Sims / 3/29/95

Cite this object as

Poster, Do the Right Thing, 1989; Designed by Art Sims (American, b. 1954); USA; offset lithograph on paper; 92.4 × 62.1 cm (36 3/8 × 24 7/16 in.); Gift of Art Sims; 1996-92-2

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use page.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18654379/ |title=Poster, Do the Right Thing, 1989 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=12 June 2021 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>