Signs of the Times: A Single Lady’s Life in Neon @ Golden Belt

The Durham Art Guild presents “Signs of the Times: A Single Lady’s Life in Neon” featuring works by DAG member Danielle James. James’ bright neon works spark conversation on the state of finding that special someone in the age of Internet dating. From the clumsy to the outright outrageous, James has immortalized memorable quotes from former potential suitors in a unique, delightfully retro manner.

This exhibition is on view at the DAG Gallery at Golden Belt Campus October 1 – November 1, 2020. For the health safety of our community while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition is only viewable by appointment with advanced notice. For details on how to make an appointment and a listing of our protocols, see below.

Online Reception/Discussion with Danielle James:
This event is currently being coordinated. More details to come.

Danielle James:

Featured image: “Black Phillip” by Danielle James

Golden Belt Campus
Mill No. 1 Building
800 Taylor St. Suite 9-157
Durham, NC 27701
*Open by appointment

Danielle James’ Artist Statement
In January of 2017, artist Danielle James moved to Raleigh to begin
an apprenticeship in neon at Glas studio. She settled in, and did what
any other modern single woman would do: she created OKCupid and
Tinder accounts. After a cornucopia of good, bad, and baffling
interactions, she was inspired to combine the most memorable
moments from the 30+ dates she went on, and the numerous online
messages she received, with her work at Glas. Crude and clumsy
come-ons such as, “Put your phone down” or, “Why you not want
kids for?” have all been immortalized in neon. The result? Signs of the
Times is at once a luminous investigation into the current state of
courtship in the 21st century, and a relatable reflection on how
modern-day dating can sometimes feel like a Tunnel of Love ride at a
toxically masculine state fair.

Durham Art Guid’s Gallery at Golden Belt Health Protocols

  • As part of our phased re-opening, this exhibit is viewable by appointment only and with advanced notice. To schedule an appointment please contact
  • DAG staff is limiting the number of scheduled guests to 2 at a time and 6 feet or more social distancing must be honored while in the gallery.
  • Scheduled guests and DAG staff must wear a face covering and must provide full name and phone number for our visitor log.
  • DAG staff is implementing regular and increased cleaning of shared surfaces in this space.

We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for doing your part to keep our space and our community safe!

-Durham Art Guild