One of the beauties of the redesigned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) building that opened 6 years ago is the expanded Architecture and Design wing on the 2nd floor, which now makes it possible to see some of the treasures that used to sit in storage almost all the time. Posters and furniture dominate the wing, and I try to visit every time I’m in New York. Selections from the permanent collection are included and rotated slowly, with mini-exhibitions changing more frequently. Currently there is a fine mini-selection of rare London Underground posters from the likes of McKnight Kauffer and Moholy Nagy.
By the way, one of our favorite books is The Modern Poster by Stuart Wrede, the catalog created for MoMA’s blockbuster 1988 exhibition on the finest examples of poster design from its birth in the late 19th century to the 1980s. Here’s a link on Amazon—it is available in paperback and hardcover at a modest price.