David Lamelas Time 1970

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Lamelas is renowned for work in a broad variety of mediums that considers the limits of time and space, and how information and technology impact communication. Time is a performance in which a group of people stand on a line, indicated by tape on the floor. The first person in line announces the time to the adjacent participant, who waits sixty seconds before sharing the time with the participant next to them. The process continues until the end of the line. The final participant announces the time at the end of the performance in a language of their choosing. Time is an artwork that emphasizes ideas and instructions; other than the taped line, it includes no objects.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
Performance and gelatin silver print
Duration variable. Image: 9 1/16 × 22 5/16" (23 × 56.7 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Kathy Halbreich
Object number
Media and Performance

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Jan Mot, Brussels
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

New York, Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, “Open Work in Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered, 1967-1978,” February 8 - May 5, 2013

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, “Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980,” September 11 - January 16, 2016


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