MoMA has two new fabulous exhibits that locals and visitors are going to want to make time to visit when in New York City. If you didn't already know, MoMA is my favorite museum in the world. Last week I took a break from fashion and went to see this cool art preview. The gurus of modernity commissioned Christian Marclay to create something for the museum. What the artist dreamed up is called: The Clock.
The exhibit is is a "cinematic tour de force" it's a movie (or digital art?) that unfolds on the screen in real time through thousands of film excerpts that form a 24-hour montage. Marclay and his assistants poured over thousands of hours of movies to create the clips. The exhibit chronicles the hours and minutes of the 24-hour day. For example. in Sex and the City, Carrie and Big get married right around 10am. At 10am NYC time, the clip of that movie where you can see the clock in the courthouse is shown on screen. I saw foreign films, romances, chase scenes and a few lovely tidbits from Back to the Future.
The movie/exhibit will be shown in some in some special 24-hour blocks (screening is also available during regular Museum hours). On December 31, MoMA presents a special New Year'??s Eve showing of The Clock in its entirety, which is the first opportunity for the public to view all 24 hours. Here are the other continuous screening times:
Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.'??Sunday, January 6, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 10:30 a.m.'??Sunday, January 14, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.'??Sunday, January 20, 5:30 p.m.
During after-hours showings, the Museum'??s Contemporary Galleries will remain open--making this truly an exceptional chance to experience 24-hour art.
Plan ahead: The installation accommodates 170 visitors at one time (seating for 130 visitors on semi-comfortable sofas plus standing room). Here's the deal, visitors are invited to stay as long as they like so you'll have to plan to be there at an off hour or be very, very patient. There are brief periods of nudity and strong language during The Clock. Visitors bringing children should use their discretion.
MoMA will provide live reports on the queue, via Twitter (@TheClockatMoMA). Tweet about The Clock using the hashtag #TheClockatMoMA.
For full details on the exhibit and the hours visit www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1333
For kids of all ages, we've got another exhibit to recommend: Shadow Monsters. "Interaction designer" (their term not mine) Philip Worthington invites kids from 0-99 to create shadow puppets in the main large gallery on the 2nd floor. Worthington employs a computer, a camera, two projectors, a light box, and some cool computer code. Step in from of the screen and the "monster machine" turns your shadow and movement into art. It all happens with the help of vision-recognition software that "augments the gestures of participants with sound and animation." What will you get? Tongues, eyes, and fins popping up from the shadows with lively sounds like squawks and dinosaurs burps. Ends January 2, 2013. It's also fun to watch the kids perform while in line for The Clock.
For more information about your MoMA visit head to www.moma.org
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