Marclay "Clock" at MoMA

If our world of members did not see enough clocks last night, you will have an amazing clock-watching opportunity this month, as Christian Marclay's famous work is being screened by MoMA every weekend.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social network are eager to view the 24-hour video in its entirety.

Robert Powell hangs precariously from Big Ben’s minute hand as he tries to stop a time bomb, Leonardo DiCaprio scrambles to board the Titanic, gunslingers face off in the Old West and Joan Fontaine staves off her departure from Monte Carlo in hopes of seeing Laurence Olivier one last time {today's Featured Video}.

Meanwhile, Robert Redford’s wristwatch is stolen at knifepoint and Christopher Walken explains to a young Bruce Willis that an antique gold watch -- kept safe for seven years in two P.O.W.s’ rectums -- is his birth right.

As noon strikes, hunchback Quasimodo, in an orgiastic fit, rides the tower bells of Notre Dame. Of course, Gary Cooper makes his appearance at "high noon".

These are all scenes from Marclay’s 24-hour video montage “The Clock,” (2010) in which thousands of film and television clips -- all adressing the ticking passage of time -- have been ingeniously and seamlessly collaged together and fastidiously edited.

For one month, “The Clock,” which won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale and has since entered the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, is being shown at MoMA during public hours.

It was screened in its entirety yesterday on New Year’s Eve, and on three weekends in January.

Pleasure Time

“The Clock” is immensely pleasurable and difficult to exit. There are no time limits for viewers, who can sit comfortably on couches for hours on end.

The actors’ lives play out, minute by minute, second by second, in sync with our own, fusing movie and moviegoer as never before.

But the real connection is more intimate. Through the allure of nostalgia and its rapid-fire pace, “The Clock” constantly challenges us to search our own internal film archives for recognition of actors, plots and directors -- and even to recall how we feel about each film.

Nearly pitch-perfect in rhythm, arc and tone, “The Clock” is a hypnotic marvel. It is a tour de force if not a masterpiece of appropriation art -- the crowning achievement of the genre.

“Christian Marclay -- ‘The Clock”’ runs through Jan. 21 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.