WPA Poster exhibit/talk with Ennis Carter, curator & author of Posters for the People and hands-on "print your own" screenprinting workshop of a newly discovered rare poster of Carpenters' Hall.
To celebrate its connection to travel and tourism, Carpenters’ Hall will host a temporary exhibit of travel posters featuring iconic Philadelphia and Pennsylvania landmarks, including Carpenters’ Hall, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and others. The posters, on loan from the Free Library of Philadelphia and from Carter's collection, were commissioned in the 1930s by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration and were created by leading graphic illustrators.
The “Places for the People” exhibit will run November 6 to December 20, 2020, at Carpenters’ Hall, 320 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission to Carpenters’ Hall is free, and the exhibit can be viewed during the Hall’s regular public hours, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Hall is closed to the public on Monday.
“Places for the People” was originally meant to run concurrently with the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-9). The association’s theme for the week in 2020 is “#TravelWorks,” which emphasizes the significant economic impact and job creation generated by travel and tourism. “Places for the People” supports this theme beautifully since the WPA posters were created to stimulate these same benefits during the Great Depression.
For more information about “Places for the People” and Carpenters’ Hall, contact Michael Norris, Executive Director, at (215) 925-0167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.