The Neon Museum of Philadelphia is Hosting a “Ghost Signs” Exhibit This Weekend!
You’ve been seeing ghosts your whole life but just didn’t realize it, ghost signs that is. Across the globe, artifacts from pre-Internet commerce emerge from building facades in hand-painted figures and fonts of vintage advertisements. Known as ghost signs, these faded wall ads are folk art diamonds in the rough of today’s shiny plastic cities. Their fossilized messages, ranging from obvious to obscure, are the focus of the show’s seven ghost sign hunters, who’ve captured these fading designs and histories in photographs, videos, and interviews.
Now several photographers will display some of their awesome collections featuring work by Peter Woodall of @hiddencityphila, Frank Jump (@fadingadsnyc_fjump), Chris Brace (@vintage_imageny), Len Davidson of @neonmuseumofphiladelphia, MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson (@bittsjackson), Gibbs Connors (@gibbsconnors), and Jordan Keiffer (@phillyghostsigns)
This special exhibition will be running at the Neon Museum of Philadelphia from July 2nd through August 8th, 2021.
On Saturday, July 3rd, the Museum will host a live wall painting event by Philadelphia sign painter Gibbs Connors. Other exhibitors in attendance on July 3rd will be MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson, Jordan Keiffer, Len Davidson, and Frank Jump. Artist appearances will occur throughout the exhibit’s run, as will additional demonstrations by Gibbs.