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  • Jewel City Noir: Film & Lecture Series

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    At 2pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month

    June 17 – December 16, 2017

    Glendale Public Library Auditorium

    The Museum of Neon Art and The Friends of the Glendale Public Library Present:JEWEL CITY NOIR: A Film and Lecture Series

    Introduction by Eric Evavold of MONA, with presentation and book signing by Mark A. Vieira:June 17, 2pm: THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946)July 15, 2pm: DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)August 19, 2pm: MILDRED PIERCE (1945) – The movie that put Glendale on the map!With Glendale-related history presented by historian Catherine Jurca Introduction and Presentation by Bob Amundson:October 21, 2pm: GUN CRAZY (1950)November 18, 2pm: PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953)December 16, 2pm: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1947) Admission is FREE / Seating is limited, click here to sign up

     


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  • Past Events: Merry MADness

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    Friday November 24 – Sunday, November 26, 2017

    Start your holiday shopping with “Merry M.A.D.ness” – Member Appreciation Days!

    Show one valid membership card from this list to receive reciprocal free admission + 20% store discounts at any or all of the other institutions: California Science Center – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – Fowler Museum at UCLA – Heritage Square Museum – Japanese American National Museum – Kidspace Children’s Museum (Saturday & Saturday only) – LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Saturday & Saturday only) – The Library Store at Central Library (Saturday & Saturday only) – Museum of Contemporary Art (three locations) – Museum of Latin American Art – Museum of Neon Art – Pasadena Museum of California Art – Pasadena Museum of History (Saturday & Saturday only) – San Diego Museum of Art – Skirball Cultural Center – Time Travel Mart (two locations)


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  • NEON CLASSES

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    One-Day Neon Art Immersive with Kacie Lees

    Students will get into the flames and develop familiarity with the three key bending techniques utilized to construct any lit piece. We will make soft curves with the ribbon burner, right-angle bends on the crossfire, and create splices by joining together two pieces of tubing. This immersive day walks you through the entire process from glass to glow and each student will head home with an experimental work produced by their very own hands. For ages 21 and up. Instructor: Kacie Lees first learned neon while studying sculpture and video at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Later, she taught neon at Brooklyn Glass after receiving her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Light and the intangible are common themes in Kacie’s work and she uses neon to explore them both.Saturday, January 13, 201810am – 4pm $200 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $250 all others

    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


    One-Day Neon Art Immersive with David Svenson

    Students will get into the flames and develop familiarity with the three key bending techniques utilized to construct any lit piece. We will make soft curves with the ribbon burner, right-angle bends on the crossfire, and create splices by joining together two pieces of tubing. This immersive day walks you through the entire process from glass to glow and each student will head home with an experimental work produced by their very own hands. For ages 21 and up. Instructor: David Svenson has been incorporating neon in his sculptural work since the 1980s. Growing up near classic Route 66 neon signage and witnessing the Aurora Borealis in his teens set David on the path of light. Aside from working in his studio, David teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, Corning Museum of Glass, and Urban Glass, as well as teaching workshops internationally.  He is an active board member of MONA and works with a team of Alaska Native totem carvers on large commissions.Saturday, January 20, 201810am – 4pm $200 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $250 all others

    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


    Intro to Neon Art

    Learn all the skills necessary to design and fabricate your own neon sculpture or sign! Under the step-by-step guidance of an experienced teacher and artist, you can complete a project during this 8-week introductory class. For ages 16 and up. Materials not included. Instructor: David Otis Johnson learned to bend neon in 2002 in Hollywood, FL. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and has used neon in his artwork since. David has also worked as a fabricator and installer in numerous sign shops and now has a sign business of his own, Leaf Cutter Studio, based in Pasadena, CA. He has exhibited several times at MONA and several other galleries and currently works for MONA as an Exhibition Installer.January 11 – March 1, 2018 (8 consecutive Thursdays) 7pm – 10pm$550 MONA Members (Argon level and higher) $600 all others*materials not included

    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


    Bend, Blow & Glow I

    Beginning Hands-On Neon

    Students will learn the basic introductory skills of neon bending, including cutting, welding and bending glass tubing to make block letters. Time will be spent over each of the torches used for neon fabrication: the ribbon burner, the crossfire and the hand torch. Instruction on processing the neon tube will be demonstrated, but the class will focus primarily on learning the bending skills. Students will focus on bending with 10mm clear glass but will also have access to 12mm and 15mm and some phosphor-coated glass for additional experience and practice. For ages 21 and up.  Each student can process up to 2 complete units, but the class is more about learning the skill and processes rather than completing finished pieces. Materials and supplies are included in the price of the class, but the supplies will remain the property of the museum. If student goes beyond the set amount of materials, an additional $50 fee will be charged. Instructor: Lyle George learned neon from a UCLA extension class in the 1980s taught by Bill Needham. Afterwards, he apprenticed with Designer Neon, Signal Hill Neon and other sign shops until he was hired by the Larry Albright Studio. As Larry Albright’s assistant through the ‘90s, he did the neon work for films such as Hudsucker ProxyCon Air, and Ed Wood, to name a few. Currently, he is fabricating neon work for some well-known contemporary international artists.January 27 – March 31, 2018 (10 consecutive Saturdays)Teacher instruction: January 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31 Studio practice time (optional): February 17 + March 179am-12pm + 1pm-4pm (6-hour class with 1-hour lunch break) $1,600 MONA Members (Argon level and higher)$1,650 all others

    MONA Member Discount: Enter MONAMEMBER at checkout for $50 off your class!Enrollment deadline is 48 hours before the start of the class. In the event you want to be put on a waiting list for a class or you’re trying to sign up past the 48-hour deadline, please call us at 818.696.2149 or email us at [email protected] Cancellation requests must be received 3 weeks before the start date of the class. We reserve the right to cancel the class due to insufficient enrollment, in which case your tuition will be fully refunded.


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  • Past Events: She Bends: Women in Neon Opening Reception

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    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    7:30pm – 10:30pm

    Join us for the opening reception of MONA’s new exhibition! SHE BENDS: WOMEN IN NEON Featuring works by: Sarah Blood – Linda Bracey – Dana Caputo – Anika Chasuk – Robin Clason – Krista Davis – Eve De Haan – Linda Diec – Lily Erb – Teresa Escobar – Emma-Kate Hart – Michie Hongo – Eve Hoyt – Kate Hush – Koko Jamison – Kacie Lees – Stephanie Sara Lifshutz – Leticia Maldonado – Meryl Pataky – Shawna Peterson – Linda Sue Price – Lily Reeves – Lisa Schulte – Valerie Shusterov – Olivia Steele – Megan Stelljes – Mary Voytek – Romily Alice Walden Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and female-forward music by the ladies of Dublab: Lady C, Rona & T-Kay.  MONA Members FREE / All others $20 


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  • PAST CLASSES: “Grab a Pair” Neon Workshop

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    Meryl Pataky’s neon breast piece, “Always Sisters, Never Twins” was originally made for a Planned Parenthood benefit exhibition and instantly gained far-reaching attention on social media. This workshop offers the opportunity for students to not only learn how to make neon, but how to make neon boobs from a selection of pre-designed patterns. Meryl will donate her profits to Planned Parenthood. For ages 21 and up. Sunday, September 17, 2017 / 10am–4pmInstructor: Meryl Pataky is a neon bender and mixed media artist based in the Bay Area. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and graduated with a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Meryl focuses on the relationship between her own hands and material, deriving deeper meanings in the history of the elements, from their origins in the universe to their applications in culture and myth. She is the curator of the exhibition “She Bends: Women In Neon” at MONA. 


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  • PAST EVENTS: Mid-Summer Celebration

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    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    7:30pm – 10:30pm

    Featuring music by Neon Hunter Collective and live performance painting by Norton Wisdom.

    Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served! 

    $20 Non-Members / MONA Members FREE with RSVP


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  • PAST EVENTS: Springtime MADness

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    Friday May 12 + Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Celebrate Mother’s Day with “Springtime M.A.D.ness” – Member Appreciation Days!

    Show one valid membership card from this list to receive reciprocal free admission + 20% store discounts at any or all of the other institutions: California Science Center – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – FIDM Museum & Galleries (Friday & Saturday only) – Fowler Museum at UCLA – Heritage Square Museum – Japanese American National Museum – Kidspace Children’s Museum – LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Saturday & Saturday only) – The Library Store at Central Library – The Museum of Contemporary Art (three locations) – Museum of Latin American Art – Museum of Neon Art (Friday & Sunday only) – Pasadena Museum of History – Skirball Cultural Center – Time Travel Mart (two locations)

    Plus Lampworking Demo with master glassworker Cathi Milligan! Sunday, May 14, 2017, Noon – 4pm


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  • PAST EVENTS: Designing the Improbable & The Art of Plasma Opening Reception

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    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    8pm – 10pm

    Join us at the opening reception for MONA’s new exhibitions!

    DESIGNING THE IMPROBABLE: New Works by Wayne Strattman

    THE ART OF PLASMA: A Group Exhibition Featuring Works by the Plasma Art Alliance:

    Larry Albright – Ed Biggar – Roger Carr – Jason Chakravarty – Pat Collentine – Peter David – Eric Franklin – Candice Gawne – Tony Greer – Mundy Hepburn – Michael Hernandez – Gerhard Hochmuth – Dina Kalahar – Ed Kirshner – Kazumi Kobayashi-Svenson – Kim Koga – Mitch La Plante – Ross Levine – Juan B. Martinez – Norman Moore – Daisuki Nakajima – Michael Pargett – Aaron Ristau – Bruce Suba – David Svenson – Pierre-Jean Tardiveau – Bernd Weinmayer – Thomas Wendler – Ashlin Knight Williamson – Carl Willis – Karen Woodward – Stuart Ziff Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and entertainment, featuring a neon didjeridu performance by Susan Rawcliffe, plus David Witham on keyboard and Lou Mannick on the musical saw.

    $20 Non-Members / MONA Members FREE 

     


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  • PAST EVENTS: Holiday Open House for MONA Members

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    Sunday, December 4, 2016

    1pm – 4pm

    Come by and celebrate MONA’s first year in our new home!Watch neon-bending and flameworking demonstrations in the Electric Lab, shop for the holidays in our gift store. and enjoy snacks and beverages from local establishments!The current exhibition, Hats Off to Hollywood! will be open to the general public for the price of admission. Please consider becoming a MONA member to partake in the Open House offerings – you can join here or at the museum!


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  • PAST EVENTS: Connie Conway “L.A. After Sunset” Book Signing

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    Saturday, November 26, 2016

    1pm – 4pm

    Connie Conway will be signing her new book L.A. After Sunset at MONA! The author’s latest from her on-going project is a series of photographs that capture the beauty and essence of Los Angeles’ dramatic transformation at sunset.“Conway’s photos are noir in full color as if Raymond Chandler were art directing each shot of Hollywood and Dtown with existing light. Other photos appear to be shot through Charles Bukowski’s whiskey glass, but they too only utilize existing light to create amber shadows and sparkling miracles within a camera lens.” – J. Eric Lynxwiler, Museum of Neon ArtYou can view Connie Conway’s photographs at www.connieconway.com 


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  • PAST EVENTS: Meet the Masters: Cathi Milligan

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    Saturday, November 19, 2016

    1pm – 4pm

    Join us for a demonstration with glassworker Cathi Milligan of The Glass Studio! Her glass experience spans over 22 years, mastering techniques such as torch working, kiln forming, mosaic, and glass blowing. You can visit www.theglassstudio.net to learn more about Cathi’s work.


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  • PAST CLASSES: Bend, Blow & Glow Weekend Intensive

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    bendblowglow Each day begins with a 2-hour demonstration followed by 4 hours of guided hands-on work over the torches. Cost includes a limited supply of glass, electrodes and other components necessary for mounting and wiring your completed neon unit onto a presentation base. November 12th & 13th, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) 10am–1pm, 2pm–5pm (6 hours/day)Instructor: Michael Hernandez has had an intimate relationship with neon for the past seven years, exploring technical and artistic approaches and building neon studios in Indiana and California. In 2010, he earned his master’s degree from Alfred University. Hernandez resides in San Marcos, California, where he runs his neon studio and teaches glass at Palomar College.


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