The 2012 census recently confirmed that all us average Americans are still spending a solid nine years of our average American lives watching television and movies, surfing the Internet, and doing other sit-on-your-ass-and-consume styles of entertainment. Christian Marclay is not about to let us forget this. In fact, he’s going to make us watch the clock, literally. The Swiss-American artist’s acclaimed video installment, The Clock (2010), is composed of thousands of clips spanning the history of film, all of which either show, mention, or allude to a specific time. Splicing them together and syncing them up with the actual time of day, he has created a working, compellingly watchable 24-hour timepiece, one that will tick and tock perpetually every weekend this month at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The exhibition is accompanied by the artist’s own frantic soundtrack and equipped with couches for those who manage to get lost in the hypnosis. When it was last in New York at the Paula Cooper Gallery, the line stretched for blocks, with some visitors pulling all-nighters to view the piece in its entirety. Drop by—if you have the time.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8 a.m. Starts: July 13. Continues through Aug. 1, 2012