First published in the Aug. 27 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The Museum of Neon Art will host the Neon Curiosity Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.
This indoor/outdoor event invites participants to ignite their curiosity through special demonstrations, mesmerizing artworks and up-close looks at rare ephemera and tools. The one-day-only event is organized as a part of Neon Speaks, a community festival and symposium that brings together neon experts and practitioners across the globe.
“We are thrilled to partner with Neon Speaks for our first in-person collaboration together in over three years,” said MONA Executive Director Corrie Siegel. “For the past two years MONA and Neon Speaks have built a community across the world through digital programming; however, bringing people and objects together in one space will be an electric experience. We are assembling some of the world’s preeminent neon scholars, to build a new sense of community with experts and novices alike.”
Part art exhibit, part maker convention, visitors will be able to interact with neon experts and their exhibits, marvel at demonstrations, view the museum’s gallery of vintage signs, enjoy refreshments, and socialize over complimentary pie in the outdoor Sign Garden. MONA will also host the Neon Cruise, a special themed bus tour of neon signage on the following day, Sunday, Sept. 18.
“Our vision for the Neon Curiosity Lounge is to fill the museum with neon experts in a casual lounge atmosphere that encourages curiosity and conversation,” said Randall Ann Homan and Al Barna, cofounders of the San Francisco-based Neon Speaks, in a statement. “A neon sign is the alchemy of gas, glass and electricity. We are inspired by MONA’s impressive neon collection and innovative programming — it was a natural fit to partner with MONA for a Neon Speaks community-building event.”
Timed tickets to the Neon Curiosity Lounge are available at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for MONA Members. Tickets can be purchased at store.neonmona.org/products/neon-speaks-and-mona-present-neon-curiosity-lounge-9-17-2022.
Tickets include admission to MONA, bending and technical demonstrations, a pop-up miniature sign exhibition and refreshments in the outdoor Sign Garden. Due to time and capacity concerns, tickets are limited to one hour time slots.
Tickets for a special Neon Cruise bus tour can be purchased here: store.neonmona.org/collections/neon-cruises/products/classic-neon-cruise-bus-tour-9-18-22.