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MoMA presents Christian Marclay's groundbreaking video installation "The Clock"
Christian Marclay. Detail of The Clock. 2010. Single-channel video with sound, 24 hours. © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and White Cube, London. Photo: Todd-White Photography.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking video installation The Clock (2010), from December 21, 2012, to January 21, 2013. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, 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. From the legendary to the obscure, The Clock incorporates scenes of car chases, board rooms, emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, high noon shootouts, detective dramas, and silent comedies.

Christian Marclay—The Clock is being shown in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries during public hours throughout its run, and is free with Museum admission. Admission to the installation, which seats 130 visitors (170 visitors with standing room), 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 is the first opportunity for the public to view all 24 hours of the piece at MoMA. The Clock will go on view on Monday, December 31, at 10:30 a.m. and will be shown continuously until January 1, at 5:30 p.m. In conjunction with this showing, the Museum’s Cafe 2 restaurant offers a special menu of wine, cheese, salumi, and desserts on New Year's Eve from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and an all-night espresso bar.

The Clock is also being shown in its entirety on three weekends:
• Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m., to Sunday, January 6, 5:30 p.m.
• Friday, January 11, 10:30 a.m., to Sunday, January 13, 5:30 p.m.
• Friday, January 18, 10:30 a.m., to Sunday, January 20, 5:30 p.m.

The Museum's Contemporary Galleries will also remain open during all of the after hours screenings. Tickets for after-hours admission can be purchased exclusively on-site in the Museum’s Lobby. Admission after regular Museum hours is: Adults $12; Seniors (65 and over) $10; Students full-time with current ID $8; Children (16 and under) under free. Members free.

Beginning December 21, the Museum is providing updates on visiting The Clock, including live reports on the queue, via Twitter (@TheClockatMoMA) and at

Christian Marclay—The Clock is organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art. The Clock was acquired by MoMA in 2011 as a promised gift from the collection of Jill and Peter Kraus.

Christian Marclay
Born in California in 1955 and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended the École Supérieure d'Art Visuel, Christian Marclay moved to Boston and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art. Known as a pioneer in the use of gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages, Marclay has inventively explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography, and video.

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