Lincoln Center began showing a film today with a very unique premise: it is made up of images from films that show clocks and watches, and the minutes displayed in the film correlate to the minutes of the days we are living. “The Clock” will be on view at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Street until August 1.
As Lincoln Center describes it:
“[Artist Christian] Marclay has brought together thousands of clips from the entire history of cinema, from silent films to the present, each featuring an exact time on a clock, on a watch, or in dialogue. The resulting collage tells the accurate time at any given moment, making it both a work of art and literally a working timepiece: a cinematic memento mori.
Marclay also composed the soundscape, driven by a racing and swelling symphony of ringing, ticking, footsteps, laughter, tears, and music. The Clock comes to Lincoln Center after recently being featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Hayward Gallery at London’s Southbank Centre.
Admission is free. Visitors are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.“
The New Yorker also wrote about it a few months ago.
Here’s the schedule: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 8:00 am–10:00 pm; Runs continuously from Fridays at 8:00 am through Sundays at 10:00 pm.
Already on day one, a line had formed, although Lincoln Center said it was moving relatively quickly. The exhibit can only hold 96 people at a time. Says Lincoln Center: “Demand for The Clock is expected to be high. Please expect significant wait times, and note that the wait is outdoors. For information about current wait times, please check the David Rubenstein Atrium website and follow @LCAtrium on Twitter.”
Image via Lincoln Center.