Christian Marclay—The Clock

Dec 21, 2012–Jan 21, 2013


Christian Marclay. Video still from The Clock. 2010. Single-channel video with sound, 24 hours. © Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
  • MoMA, Floor 2, Contemporary Galleries Contemporary Galleries

Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay’s 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. The Clock incorporates scenes of everything from car chases and board rooms to emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, and high-noon shootouts.

Screening during regular Museum hours

Christian Marclay—The Clock is on view in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries during regular hours throughout its run, and is free with Museum admission. Admission to the installation is on a first-come, first-served basis, with no time limits for viewers. Demand for The Clock is expected to be high; please expect significant wait times.

Please note that during Member Early Viewing Hours, this exhibition is not open to the general public until 10:30 a.m.

Admission during regular Museum hours is: Adults $25; seniors (65 and over) $18; students (full-time with current ID) $14; children (16 and under) free. Members get in free.

24-Hour Screenings

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 of the piece at MoMA. The Clock will go on view at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 31, and will run continuously until 5:30 p.m. on January 1. In conjunction with this showing, the Museum’s Cafe 2 restaurant offers a special menu of wines, cheeses, salumi, and desserts on New Year’s Eve from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., along with an all-night espresso bar.

Continuous screenings:

  • Friday, January 4, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 6, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 11, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 13, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.–Sunday, January 20, 5:30 p.m.
    Admission after regular Museum hours is: Adults $12; Seniors (65 and over) $10; Students full-time with current ID $8; Children (16 and under) under free. Members free.

Tickets after regular Museum hours are not available in advance or online.

During after-hours showings, the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries will remain open. Philip Worthington’s Shadow Monsters will also remain on view until its closing on January 1.

Please Note:

  • Once inside the installation, visitors are invited to stay as long as they like. The installation accommodates 170 visitors at one time (seating for 130 visitors plus standing room).
  • Visitors leaving the gallery for any reason surrender seats, and will have to rejoin the gallery’s admission line for re-entry.
  • Cameras, recording devices, cell phones, and other electronic devices may not be used in the gallery and should be turned off or muted prior to entry.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted.
  • Large personal items including backpacks, umbrellas, parcels, and bags larger than 11 × 14″ (27.9 × 35.6 cm) must be checked in the lobby checkroom before entering the Museum. Luggage cannot be accepted.
  • There are brief periods of nudity and strong language during The Clock. Visitors bringing children should use their discretion.
  • Entry is not guaranteed. Due to limited capacity the Museum reserves the right to determine when the last ticket will be sold daily.


Beginning December 21, the Museum will provide updates on visiting The Clock, including live reports on the queue, via Twitter (@TheClockatMoMA). Tweet about The Clock using the hashtag #TheClockatMoMA.

View a live stream of the queue for The Clock

The Clock includes an induction hearing loop for sound amplification. Visitors may turn their hearing aid or cochlear implant to T-Coil mode or borrow a headset and receiver from an attendant at the entrance to the gallery. This is the first MoMA exhibition to include such a hearing loop. In addition, all MoMA theaters, lobby desks, ticketing desks, audioguide desks, and one of The Edward John Noble Education Center’s classrooms are also equipped with hearing loops that transmit directly to hearing aids with T-Coils.

Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art. The Clock was acquired by MoMA in 2011 as a promised gift from the collection of Jill and Peter Kraus.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

Additional funding is provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art and by Marlene Nathan Meyerson.


  • Press release 3 pages


Installation images

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