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Anson Seeno collection of political posters

Identifier: KA-0165-01


This collection, compiled by artist and activist Anson Seeno, consists of posters, fliers, and other graphic materials representing activist movements in Nicaragua and El Salvador, against gentrification and combatting homelessness in New York City, the politics of AIDS and U.S. governmental politics. Many of the posters date from the 1980s.


  • circa 1960s-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1980-1992



30 Items

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Content Description

This collection compiled by Anson Seeno consists of 28 posters and fliers, as well as an original illustration and a business card, representing activist movements, with a focus on Nicaragua and El Salvador in the 1980s, United States governmental politics, and New York City-based issues, in particular gentrification, homelessness, and AIDS. Sizes range from smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches to around 30 x 40 inches. The condition of the posters ranges from poor to excellent. A number of the posters, especially fliers about New York City issues, have staple and thumbtack holes, tape, and tears, and show other signs of use.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Biographical note

Anson Seeno (born 1957?) was born in Pennsylvania, and moved to New York in the 1970s. Seeno received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1981. He was the Associate Director of Fashion Moda (full name: Fashion 时髦 Moda МОДА), and was an active member of New York City's Lower East Side art scene at the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s. In 2005, he was the first American to have a solo exhibition in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam's first private art gallery, TuDo Gallery. In an email to the New School Archives, Mr. Seeno indicated that he retired from teaching around 2022 after seventeen years at The New School as assistant professor at Parsons School of Design and the Schools for Public Engagement.


Biographical information provided by Anson Seeno in an email to Wendy Scheir, Director of The New School Archives, on March 6, 2023.

Seeno, Ansen. “CV.” Behance. Accessed November 20, 2023,

98 Bowery: 1969-1989. N.d. “Exhibitions 1980-81.”

ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery, Edited by Alan Moore and Marc Miller. Accessed November 20, 2023,


Arranged chronologically in one series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to The New School Archives by Anson Seeno in 2022.

Processing Information

Unless noted within the inventory, poster titles are transcribed directly from the items in the collection.

Guide to the Anson Seeno collection of political posters
Agnes Szanyi
January 9, 2024
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