In 2017, I began collaborating with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston. Thanks to a generous grant from Mass Humanities, I was hired as the consultant historian for GLOW on the Greenway, an exhibition of neon signs from around the state of Massachusetts. Most of the signs are from long-running family businesses, and all of the forms are a distinct blend of creativity, technology and commercial energy. In addition to researching and writing the text for the interpretive materials, I also hosted a panel discussion with Harvard historian Lizabeth Cohen, neon collector Dave Waller, artist Sean Gallero of Luftwerk and curator Cynthia Warso of the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. The exhibition has been extremely popular, and is definitely worth visiting at night! Interpretive text for the exhibition can be read here, but don’t miss your chance to see it in person. The signs will be illuminated from 8am-11pm daily until April 2019. WBUR recently chose GLOW as its top public art destination in Greater Boston.

Detail, Natick Cycle Center sign. Photo: Rich Colicchio.

Detail, Natick Cycle Center sign. Photo: Rich Colicchio.