In-Person: Inside the Massive Poster Collection at Philip Williams Poster Museum


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Join us for a unique in-person event where Untapped New York Insiders get to go behind the scenes at one of the largest poster and ephemera retailers in the world at its historic Tribeca location.

Philip Williams Posters was established in Manhattan in 1973 by the director and prolific collector Philip Williams. While his online store grows daily it displays a mere fraction of Philip's inventory of over 500,000 artifacts, most of which we can guarantee you have never seen before. Visiting Philip's salon-style gallery is a very special and unique experience. It is certainly a museum experience unlike any other, the only one of its kind in America and a New York City institution. His Tribeca gallery houses one of the largest private vintage poster collections in the world,  spanning more than 12,600 square feet and featuring over 100,000 unique posters dating from 1870 to the present. Other artifacts amongst Philip's collection and displayed on rotation are advertising ephemera, maitre de l'affiche, poster books, and other types of art, including a collection of more than 2,000 original paintings and sculptures primarily from Southern artists.

The owner, Philip Williams, will guide us through his collection and give us access to the places in his shop where the public is not allowed including a basement where we will see a canvas stretching demonstration and then be taken down into the sub-basement where we will see Williams' unique original art pieces and mannequin collection.

Williams has also graciously offered to pull one piece per Insider that they would like to see in person at the shop. If you're interested click here, browse the thousands of items in the digital collection and email your selection to [email protected] by this Saturday, November 14 and Williams will pull the item for you to examine on the evening of the tour. 

For those who can't join us in-person, don't worry, this tour will be recorded and placed in our virtual archive the next day.

There are two dates for this event. The Tuesday, November 17th date is currently booked out. Spots are available for the same tour on Tuesday, November 24th at 5:00pm.

HOW TO JOIN

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