Neon Night Walks - Chinatown Lights 6/25/21
Guided by Corrie Siegel, Celeste Hong, Dydia DeLyser, Paul Greenstein
Walking Tour- Friday, June 25th, 7:00-9:30pm
Tickets for in person tours will be $20 for museum members and $25 for general audiences
MONA MEMBER DISCOUNT: Enter MEMBER5 at checkout for $5 off your Neon Night Walk. Your membership will be verified.
Trace the history of Chinatown from its origins near Union Station to its reimagining and establishment to this day. A story told through light, illuminating the signs that set the stage in Noir Film and the lighting design that spoke of hope and Chinese American success.
Celeste Hong received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. A native Los Angelena, she is the granddaughter of pioneering Chinese-American attorney, You Chung Hong, one of Los Angeles Chinatown’s founders, and builder of the historic Hong Buildings. As an intern at The Parkinson Archives, she curated an exhibit of Parkinson & Parkinson’s ink-on-linen drawings for The Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library branch, to commemorate the centennial of The Parkinson & Parkinson architectural firm. She was The Los Angeles Conservancy’s “Last Remaining Seats” Committee chairperson in 2018 and remains active on the committee. She is the Vice President of the Art Deco Society and has been on the Art Deco Society of LA’s board off and on since 1995.
Designer, fabricator, installer and expert on all things neon and Los Angeles: Paul Greenstein has restored the Philllipe's sign as well as signs throughout LA. Greenstein was also very active in the punk scene at Madame Wongs in the late 70's
Dydia DeLyser is an author, historical geographer at Cal State Fullerton, and MONA Board Secretary. Dydia and Paul most recently published the book "Neon: A Light History", available in the MONA shop.
Corrie Siegel is the Executive Director of MONA and a LA native, she has widely photographed Chinatown since she was a child and ran an artist run space called Actual Size in Chinatown for 11 years.
In person tours will be limited to 15 people, and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To ensure the safety of all, guests will be asked to wear masks and maintain distance from people outside of their household/pod during the tour.