Neon sign exhibit on display through Feb. 10, 2013 at Nevada Museum of Art
Neon signs from some of Nevada’s most iconic buildings, including no-longer-standing Reno edifices the Mapes Hotel and Harold’s Club, can be seen at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno through Feb. 10, 2013.
“The Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon Signs” is composed from the collection of Will Durham, who grew up in Reno admiring the bright neon cowboys, showgirls and leprechauns seen from his bedroom window. (At left, Will Durham at the Nevada Museum of Art. Jamie Kingham, photographer, 2012.)
Durham began collecting signs in 1996, going to great lengths to save signs that otherwise would have been discarded, according to a Nevada Museum of Art press release.
“When you consider how each sign developed — from concept through to the illustrators, metal workers, painters and neon artists — you realize how each sign is completely unique,” Durham said in a press release. “They not only represent an outpouring of creative content, but they also serve as a legacy to the industries of our region.”
The Nevada Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $10, $8 students and seniors, $1 children ages 6-12. Details: 775-329-3333, www.nevadaart.org.
Note: Another place to see vintage neon signs: The newly opened Neon Museum in Las Vegas.
Below: Photos from “The Light Circus” installation at the Nevada Museum of Art. Jamie Kingham, photographer, 2012.)