Sep 9th 2021

The new Neon and Light Museum pop-up invites guests to stand in, under and around some seventy professional neon and light-based sculptures in a dazzling and dramatic immersive exhibition opening in River North at 325 West Huron Street (formerly the site of Naçional 27) for a limited eight-week run starting Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

Among the highlights are certain to be: Breathe, a 14-foot-tall perspective-based neon sculpture whereby when seen from the west, an image of a mature woman smelling a rose appears, while the view from the north reveals an image of a young girl blowing the seeds of a dandelion, as created by artist John Bannon; Circle’s Edge, Monika Wulfer’s dynamic installation inviting participation with activated gas trapped in glass tubes; and an iconic neon self-portrait by legendary Beatle John Lennon. Other remarkable talent represented in neon and light includes internationally renowned British artist Sarah Blood, feminist neon artist Zoelle Nagib, pop sign artist Jason Pickleman, neon master bender Jacob Fishman, the digital imagery of Detroit’s Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, the projected light of Gary Justis, the language play of San Francisco’s Helen Lee, and abstract sculptor Michael Young, with additional special guest artists to be announced!

The Neon and Light Museum is an expansion of the successful On Neon show presented here in 2020 by the Ken Saunders Gallery, which, since 1995, has exhibited the most important and innovative artists working with glass in the world.

“Neon defined a retro era when the automobile was broadening Americans’ horizons and the highways and boulevards of America’s cities were filled with bright and often flashing illuminated messages: snappy, happy, hopeful, warm and fuzzy come-ons to a better future,” explains Neon and Light Museum Director & Curator Ken Saunders. “Today, artists are bending glass into weird and wild shapes. This immersive exhibition features breathtaking sculptures and interactive light shows both kitschy and nostalgic, ironic and literal. Quite simply: It’s lit!”

Hours and admission:
The Neon and Light Museum will pop up at 325 West Huron for a limited engagement September 9 – October 31, 2021, with hours as follows: Thursdays & Fridays from 4-10pm; Saturdays from 11am – 10pm; and Sundays from 11am – 6pm. Reservations, capped at 60 persons per hour to maximize each individual experience, will be required for entry; no walk-ins allowed at this time. Tickets, starting at $25, will go on sale August 2 and are available online only, by visiting VIP packages will also be available.

Note: The Neon and Light Museum will always adhere to the latest health guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more information on the new Neon and Light Museum experience and to reserve tickets, please visit

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