Christian Marclay's The Clock
Christian Marclay's The Clock is a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time, excerpted and edited together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is shown. The result marks the exact time in real time for the viewer for 24 consecutive hours. The Clock will be screening during regular museum hours in the Art of the Americas Building. Seating in the gallery is limited. Please note that this work contains brief nudity and strong language.
Image: Christian Marclay, Details from The Clock, 2010, Single-channel video, Variable dimensions 16:9, Purchased with funds provided by Steve Tisch through 2011 Collectors Committee, The Clock © Christian Marclay, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
After its much ballyhooed 24-hour screening in the Bing Theater last month, Christian Marclay’s epic film collage The Clock was moved to a smaller gallery space in the nearby Art of the Americas Building, where it is on view every day during regular museum hours through the end of July. I’d watched many hours’ worth of the piece during the inaugural screening at LACMA, but after hearing the news that Marclay has been awarded the prestigious Gold Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale for The Clock, I decided to pass the time once more, in its new setting.
I can’t imagine there are many people who I could convince to spend 24 hours in a movie theater, and even fewer (myself included) who could stay awake for all that time—but I know someone who is going to try. Starting today at 5 pm and through tomorrow at 5 pm, LACMA will once again hold a free screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock...