Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now – Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium


Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:00 am - 5:00 pm


Opening in January of 2018, the Neuberger Museum of Art will feature two exhibitions about neon that explore several artist’s use of this exciting medium as well as the close collaboration between the skilled glass-benders and the artists. Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium features a large-scale, site-specific work originally created in 2000 for the Neuberger’s vast Theater Gallery. A pioneer in the use of neon as a fine art material, Antonakos’ (1926-2013) career spanned over five decades, during which time he created numerous illuminated works for indoor and outdoor spaces across the globe.  Named for a type of Greek stage, Proscenium will animate the darkened space of Theater Gallery with saturated color, glowing light, and calligraphic line. Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now will provide a selective survey of neon art from 1965 to the present and will feature iconic works from the Neuberger Museum’s permanent collection including Chryssa’s Ampersand V (1965), Otto Piene’s Neon Medusa (1969), and Cerith Wyn Evans’ TIX3 (1994) as well as loaned work from public and private collections. It will focus on the often-blurred lines between commercial and fine art, and consider the complicated interplays among light, chemistry, and artistic vision.

Stephen Antonakos: Proscenium + Bending Light: Neon Art 1965 to Now is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, and curated by Avis Larson, Assistant Curator and Helaine Posner, Chief Curator. Generous support for this project is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and by the Purchase College Foundation.

Stephen Antonakos, Proscenium, Stephen Antonakos

Proscenium, 2000
Neon and painted raceways
Overall 20”6” x 189’
Collection Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College, State University of New York
Museum purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Stefan D. Abrams
Photo credit: Jim Frank

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College SUNY 735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, New York 10577
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Times: 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Neuberger Museum
Presenter Phone: 914.251.6100
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