Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.


Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.


Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013. Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. 
Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Len DavidsonNeon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.

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Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013. Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Len Davidson: Neon Signage

December 12, 2013–Winter 2014

Performance and Reception:
 
 
Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Director of The New Temporary Contemporary Marion Boulton Stroud, aka Kippy.

Neon Signage, a collaboration with Len Davidson of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia, explores the rich neon heritage of Philadelphia on the storefront of The New Temporary Contemporary. Drawn from the Neon Museum’s vast archive, the installation illustrates a range of aesthetic and technical styles that have existed in this city. Vintage pieces from Philadelphia establishments, such as Pat’s King of Steaks and the three mascots – Manny, Moe, and Jack – of Pep Boys, light FWM’s block of Arch Street as an innovative take on a winter light display.

 

Bio
Len Davidson has worked with neon since 1977, while a Professor at the University of Florida and owner of a local tavern decorated with neon signage. A native Philadelphian, Davidson returned to the city in 1979 and founded Davidson Neon Design, which fabricates custom neon projects. In 1985, Davidson established the Neon Museum of Philadelphia to collect, preserve, and display historic neon and its collection includes over 100 vintage signs. Since October 2008, Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture has publicly displayed a selection of his archive at its 1218 Arch Street location. Davidson has restored some of Philadelphia’s most prominent examples of neon, including the classic 1940s Reading Terminal Market entrance sign. His 1999 book, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999), documents the tradition of classic American neon. Davidson lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.