Prospect New Orleans To Present Marclay’s 24-Hour Video Installation ‘The Clock’ At The CAC

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and White Cube, London.
Installation view, “The Clock,” © Christian Marclay.

NEW ORLEANS — From Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 4, Prospect New Orleans will present the Southern premiere of “The Clock,” a major work by artist Christian Marclay, in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.

         Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, “The Clock” samples thousands of film excerpts from the history of cinema that indicate the passage of time—from clock towers to wristwatches to buzzing alarm clocks—that edited together unfold on the screen in real time as a 24-hour montage.

         “’The Clock’ is an extraordinary experience and a masterful artwork,” Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director, Prospect New Orleans, said. “Through the history of film and the passage of time, this video tells our shared stories and documents our collective experiences. The community spirit the artwork creates is so vivid—New Orleans is the perfect city to host its Southern premiere.”

         “The Clock” will be screened for free in the Contemporary Arts Center’s first floor gallery from Nov.r 10—Dec. 4, Tuesday—Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and runs continuously day and night on the weekends of Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 from Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. As seating is limited, admission to the installation will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no time limits for viewers.

         Never before exhibited in the South, “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.

         This presentation of “The Clock” is part of Prospect New Orleans’ Bridge Years Community Engagement Programs—a series of free workshops, lectures, and activities that lead up to the opening of Prospect.4 (P.4), the fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ citywide art exhibition. P.4 will feature more than fifty artists selected by Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 and run through Feb. 25, 2018 aligning with the City of New Orleans’s Tricentennial celebration. The last edition of Prospect New Orleans’s triennial, Prospect.3: Notes for Now, took place from Oct. 25, 2014 to Jan. 25, 2015 featuring fifty-eight artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans and engaging over 100,000 visitors during its thirteen-week run.

         “The Clock” is presented by Prospect New Orleans in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. The premiere presentation of “The Clock” in New Orleans is made possible by generous support from Whitney Bank, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Ralph and Susan Brennan, and an Anonymous gift. Technical production by Solomon Group, New Orleans.

         Christian Marclay has exhibited his work for more than three decades in museums around the world. His 2003 retrospective, which originated at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, traveled to other North American institutions as well as venues in France, Switzerland and Great Britain. The touring exhibition Replay, focusing on his video work, originated at the Cité de la Musique, Paris, in 2007 and was presented at DHC/ART in Montreal (2008). In 2010, the Whitney Museum of American Art organized Festival, a one-person exhibition organized around Marclay’s “graphic scores”—visual works to be interpreted by musicians. As a pioneering turntablist, performing and recording music since 1979, Marclay made a significant impact on the new music scene. He has performed internationally, alone or in collaboration with musicians John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Lawrence Butch Morris, Christian Wolff, Shelley Hirsch, Günter Müller, the Kronos Quartet, Sonic Youth, and many others.

         View a full schedule and live updates on visiting “The Clock” here.



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