May 22nd - August 19th
2017

American Art Posters of the 1890s

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Edward Penfield, "Harper’s March," 1895, color lithograph. Gift of Jack R. Bershad, 95.109.

Edward Penfield, Harper’s March, 1895, color lithograph. Gift of Jack R. Bershad, 95.109.

Art posters, many advertising periodicals to a burgeoning middle-class readership, thrived around the turn of the twentieth century. American Art Posters of the 1890s unearths more than a dozen of these works from the museum’s permanent collection. The bold designs of Edward Penfield, a leading illustrator of the era and the art director at Harper’s, will be a main feature of the exhibition.