Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay's The Clock is a cinematic tour de force that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Appropriated from the last 100 years of cinema’s rich history, the film clips chronicle the hours and minutes of the 24-hour period, often by displaying a watch or clock. The Clock incorporates scenes of everything from car chases and board rooms to emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, and high-noon shootouts.
Christian Marclay—The Clock will be shown in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries during public hours throughout its run, and is free with Museum admission. Admission to the installation, which will seat 130 visitors at a time, is on a first-come, first-served basis, with no time limits for viewers. On December 31, MoMA presents a special New Year’s Eve showing of the work in its entirety, which will be the first opportunity for the public to view all 24 hours of the piece at MoMA.
The Clock will also be shown in its entirety on three weekends: January 4 and 5, January 11 and 12, and January 18 and 19. The Museum’s Contemporary Galleries will also remain open during these periods.