UCDA Workshop: Vintage Neon
Vintage neon—it makes the heart of almost every graphic designer beat a little faster. UCDA is now offering an opportunity for a special talk and tour at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, California. Starting in the museum’s classroom, graphic designer, Neon Museum Trustee Emeritus, and Neon aficionado Eric Lynxwiler will discuss the history and importance of the museum as well as the process of how neon is created. The current exhibit features two showcases, Motel California (motel neon) and another dedicated to the museum’s restoration of the 40’ dragon from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Following the talk, Eric will lead a tour of the boutique museum and be available for questions that you might have along the way. This is a limited opportunity that you definitely do not want to miss!
The Workshop will include:
- A talk by Erik Lynxwiler on the history and process of how neon is created
- A tour of the Museum of Neon Art and the current exhibit “Motel California”
- Optional Activity: Evening Neon Cruise (separate charge, not organized by UCDA)
The Museum of Neon Art, located in Glendale, California, encourages learning, curiosity, and expression through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon, electric, and kinetic art.
Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.
12 noon-1:30 p.m.
Talk and Tour at the Museum of Neon Art
Starting in the museum’s classroom, Eric Lynxwiler will discuss the history and importance of the museum as well as the process of how neon is created. The current exhibit features two showcases, Motel California (motel neon) and another dedicated to the museum’s restoration of the 40’ dragon from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Following the talk, Eric will lead a tour of the boutique museum and be available for questions that you might have along the way.
Optional Neon Cruise
UCDA scheduled this workshop to coincide with MONA’s Neon Cruise.
Take a nighttime bus tour of neon signs, movie marquees, and permanent installations of contemporary neon art through downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.
This narrated tour points out neon’s aesthetic dimensions, placing them firmly within the context of 20th century Los Angeles cultural history. From the classic movie marquees of downtown Los Angeles’ theater district to the glittering lights of Hollywood and the glowing pagodas of Chinatown, you will see outstanding examples of contemporary neon art as well as innovative electrical advertising on this award-winning tour.
Jump on board the top deck of a convertible British bus and let your knowledgeable guide delight you with history and anecdotes about the urban electric jungle of LA. The Neon Cruise begins in the Historic Corridor of Downtown.
This tour departs from downtown Los Angles. $55/person. Pre-registration required at www.neonmona.org/neon-cruise. Individuals are on their own to get to and from downtown Los Angeles.
REGISTRATION FEES (all prices in USD)
|UCDA Professional, Associate, or Faculty Member||Partner Member||Non-Member||Student|
|Register before June 15||$20||$25||$30||$15|
|Optional Neon Cruise||$55||$55||$55||$55|
||UCDA Professional, Associate, or Faculty Member||Partner Member||Non-Member||Student|
|Register after April 4||$25||$30||$35||$20|
|Optional Neon Cruise||$55||$55||$55||$55|
See UCDA's cancellation policy.
City parking structure with 90-minute free parking is at 120 S. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91209.
City parking lot behind the museum (accessible from Harvard or Colorado) is $2 per hour at pay station.
Brand Boulevard street parking is $2 per hour at pay station in front of MONA Gift Store.
SPEAKER AND GUIDE
Eric Lynxwiler is a Los Angeles native and long-time docent for the Los Angeles Conservancy and Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. As a board member for the Museum of Neon Art, he continues to celebrate LA’s neon heritage by saving historic neon signs and guides the museum’s famed Neon Cruise. Eric researched the book "Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles" and coauthored “Knott’s Preserved: From Berry Stand to Theme Park, The History Of Knott’s Berry Farm.” He celebrates the little-known stories of Los Angeles and has released his third book, “Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles, 1925-1965” with photographer Tom Zimmerman.