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Poster, Him, 1994

This is a poster. It was designed by Paula Scher and made for (as the client) The Public Theater. It is dated 1994 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is screenprint on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Paula Scher’s work for The Public Theater began in 1994 when she was retained by the The Public’s producer, George C. Wolfe, to design the organization’s graphic identity. In seeking to provide a visual identity that responded to the theater’s mission as an accessible community theater, Scher drew inspiration from the streets of New York City to create a series of graphics that responded to both the grid-structure of the streets and the urban language of graffiti.
The posters that Scher designed for The Public Theater have become iconic emblems—not only of the plays that they advertised, but of the cultural moments in which they were produced. Scher’s designs reference the pervasive social, economic and political issues of the time. The museum is perpetually interested in adding the work of National Design Award winners to the permanent collection.

This object was donated by Paula Scher. It is credited Gift of Paula Scher.

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Poster, El Salvador, 1973
  • silkscreen on wove paper.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program....
  • 1994-65-12

Its dimensions are

H x W: 117 × 76.7 cm (46 1/16 × 30 3/16 in.)

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Poster, Him, 1994; Designed by Paula Scher (American, b. 1948); USA; screenprint on paper; H x W: 117 × 76.7 cm (46 1/16 × 30 3/16 in.); Gift of Paula Scher; 2013-25-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.

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