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.