CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2009 |
The Museum of Neon Art opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles in 1981 -- long before the city center was fashionable. For much of this time, the museum has moved around the area, looking for a spot large enough to show off its uniquely Southern California collection. At its current location on 4th Street in the Old Bank district, visitors to the museum have a tendency to look befuddled after viewing the 20 pieces of neon and wonder where some of the more iconic pieces are located.
December 8, 2006 |
The Museum of Neon Art has collected scores of electric artworks, kinetic artifacts and gleaming bits of historic cityscape. But what it really needs right now is a well-placed "vacancy" sign. At the end of January, a month after the downtown museum celebrates its 25th birthday, the lease runs out on MONA's home of 10 years at 501 W. Olympic Blvd. After a series of failed courtships, the organization has no new permanent home lined up.
December 30, 2004 |
Don't let the hundreds of neon beer signs on EBay fool you. In the world of flashing, humming tributes to alcohol, a decent collector's item is getting harder and harder to find. So hard, in fact, that assembling the new beer-sign history exhibition at downtown's Museum of Neon Art took almost a year. The result: a small, albeit informative, group of 20 buzzing, glowing ambassadors of midcentury bar culture. The collection, which includes signs created over five decades, appears through April 3.
September 25, 2003 |
Who knew that streetlights could be beautiful? Who knew that the Bureau of Street Lighting had a museum dedicated to them? (OK, and who knew that Los Angeles even had a Bureau of Street Lighting?) Granted, the museum is the size of a large closet and not actually open to the public. But thanks to a new exhibition at the Museum of Neon Art, "Light Up the Night: Streetlights of Los Angeles" provides a proper setting to get a look at some of the brighter lights of our big city.
May 31, 2001 |
In front of the Museum of Neon Art on the southern edge of downtown Los Angeles, Eric Linxwiler stands atop a London double-decker bus holding a megaphone not half as loud as his shirt, a '70s affair printed with signage. "All the most tacky signage, naturally," he says, anatomizing his shirt: "motel, bar, tattoo, bar. . . . " Once a month from April through October, this 27-year-old art director and self-confessed ham volunteers as safari guide through L.A.'s neon jungle.
May 30, 2001
Art, science and history blend together in electrifying fashion at the Museum of Neon Art in downtown Los Angeles, which is marking its 20th anniversary of showcasing and preserving the colorful tubes.