The Wexner Center for the Arts has been hitting it out of the park with exhibitions lately. Your chance to see their current video piece, Christian Marclay's The Clock, ends April 7 - so don't wait!
The Clock is remarkably difficult to describe in words. Empirically, it's a 24-hour-long video that splices together footage containing clocks and references to specific times from the entire histories of film and television, in synch with the actual time of day.
But it's much, much more than that. When you see Nicole Kidman in one scene and Laurel and Hardy in the next, followed by Robert Redford, then a French movie from the 1930s, you get a true sense of the passage of time. On a more meta level, you start thinking about what next on your calendar, and how all of the scenes shown - even the recent ones are of days gone by - and are fictitious. The clips, anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes take you on an emotional ride - at one minute, you're feeling dread as a bank robber checks his watch before a heist. The next, you're feeling hope as a woman peeks at a clock as she prepares for a date. Evocative musical cues carry over between scenes, tying the scenes together and reminding you of the emotion from the previous scene, if not the actual content.
It's so engrossing that you'll find yourself snuggling into the comfy couches in the screening room, and staying much longer than you'd intended. But there's no worry for forgetting the time - you're always very aware of that.
The Clock is open for its full 24-hour run on Saturday, April 6. Truly a great chance to see the late-night hours of this masterful cinematic pastiche. The Wexner Center's regular exhibition hours are 11 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (the galleries are closed on Mondays.) Entry to The Clock will be free from 8 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7; entry to other exhibitions will be free from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sunday. For those with a hunger for both contemporary art and pizza, Mikey's Late Night Slice will be out on the Wexner Center Plaza from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.
The Wexner Center is also hosting artist Ohio native and Vietnam Veterans Memorial creator Maya Lin for an artist's talk on Sunday, April 7 for a discussion of her past, present and future works and the unveiling of the restoration of her broken glass sculpture at the Wexner Center, Groundswell. The talk is free; those who cannot attend can watch it streaming here.