Event Represents the Next Installment of the Neon Museum’s Times of the Signs Lecture Series

LAS VEGAS (February 2018) – The Neon Museum announces “Las Vegas Neon: Dreams & Delusions,” a presentation by Scholar in Residence Christoph Ribbat. Part of the museum’s Times of the Signs Lecture Series, the free event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Ne10 building located at 1001 W. Bonanza Road on the Las Vegas Review-Journal campus. A reception with refreshments begins at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture and question-and-answer session at 7 p.m. The event is FREE and no registration is required.Ribbat is Professor of American Studies at Paderborn University in Germany. His lecture will focus on what he identifies as a particular tribe of Las Vegas tourists: writers, artists and philosophers. He will explore how the city’s neon plays a central role in their dreams, delusions—and nightmares. Through an examination of these neon travelogues, Ribbat will reveal the place Las Vegas occupies in modern imagination.

A former Lynen Fellow at MIT/ Boston University and a Fulbright Scholar at the Cooper Union, New York City, Ribbat previously taught at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His books include “Flickering Light: A History of Neon” (2013) and “In the Restaurant: Society in Four Courses” (2017).

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Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

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