Christian Marclay's celebrated video installation 'The Clock' (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute - a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece. Marclay has been known since the late 1970s for his highly crafted remixes of time-based media, from vinyl records and tape loops to digital video. He spent three years assembling this staggering work, piecing together fragments from films both famous and obscure. The result, awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, is a dazzling, genre-defying distillation of movie history, a radical reflection on cinematic duration and a reminder that time waits for no one. Clock-watching has never been so mesmerising.
Admission to Christian Marclay: The Clock is on a first-come, first-served basis and queues should be expected. Follow @TheClockSFMOMA for estimated wait times. This exhibition contains brief periods of nudity and strong language. Visitors bringing children should use their discretion.
Christian Marclay: 'The Clock'
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
+1 415 357 4000
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday: 11am - 5.45pm
Thursday: 11am - 8.45pm
Closed on Wednesdays
6 April - 2 June 2013
Christian Marclay 'The Cloc'k 2010 Single channel video Duration: 24 hours
© Christian Marclay Courtesy White Cube