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Zoom Rental | Cinema on Paper: Collecting Film Posters with Dwight Cleveland

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - April 13 @ 12:00 am

Cinema on Paper: Collecting Film Posters

Twentieth Century Fox (presents) (as Twentieth Century-Fox)
BUS STOP (1956) Marilyn Monroe (Costume Design: Travilla); U. K. Double Crown (Tom Chantrell art)

The history of film and Hollywood has long captivated the imaginations of audiences worldwide. From the early days of cinema, movie posters and other ephemera have served as powerful tools to entice viewers and leave a lasting impression. One distinguished member of the Royal Oak Foundation, Mr. Dwight Cleveland, known by his internet handle “PosterBoss,” eloquently described how poster artists “captured the soul” of films and “reduce the entire essence of a movie into a single vivid sheet”. Driven by his appreciation for the graphic nature of movie posters, Cleveland began his collection in high school and has since amassed a remarkable archive of over 4,000 posters and related cinematic advertising. His collection features examples from iconic studios such as Warner Bros., Fox, MGM, Paramount, and RKO.

Encompassing a diverse array of genres including musicals, comedies, westerns, war films, sci-fi thrillers, dramas, and more, Cleveland’s collection offers a rich tapestry of cinematic history and a panorama of American culture. In an exclusive lecture, Mr. Cleveland will share his passion for collecting this captivating art form and explore its profound impact on popular culture. Drawing from his extensive collection, he will showcase a selection of posters, highlighting their artistic diversity and international significance. Sharing posters from 37 countries, he will offer a fascinating glimpse into the global appeal of film posters. Join us for an enlightening discussion as Mr. Dwight Cleveland illuminates the artistry and cultural significance of film posters, providing insight into their enduring legacy in the world of cinema.

Dwight Cleveland

 is a 48-year veteran of collecting and advocating for vintage film posters. In 1981, Dwight published the first article on film posters while a junior at Columbia College. The 2019 Norton Museum exhibition in West Palm Beach of his Classic Films collection was the first of it’s kind for the art form. The exhibition at Poster House in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood was another first highlighting Women Behind the Camera during the silent film era. Dwight has been quoted and interviewed in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Film Collector’s World, Forbes, BBC, NPR, The ROBB Report, Nitrateville and POPCandy. The British publication Art of the Movies has called him the ‘Indiana Jones of Movie Posters.’ Two major acquisitions were highlighted in NBC’s series The Hunt for Amazing Treasure in 1992 and 1994. Assouline Publishing released his book, CINEMA ON PAPER: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters in 2019. Dwight entered into an Artificial Intelligence project with Dartmouth College in 2022 boosting their data set from 2,500 to over 25,000 giving the project scale and attracting support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was subsequently named to the newly created post of Associate Visual Cultural Curator, Department of Film & Media Studies, Dartmouth College.
This year Dwight’s collection of Anna May Wong lobby cards was a ‘pop-up’ earlier in March at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. It will travel later in the year to Chicago. And to New York a year from now.
His collection of Maria Félix posters, the Mexican film diva, will be on exhibition at the American University of Paris this Winter.


March 27 @ 12:00 pm
April 13 @ 12:00 am
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Zoom Recording
New York, NY 10036 United States


Royal Oak
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