‘The Clock’ Strikes $200 At The MFA

The unveiling of a new film installation at the Museum of Fine Arts has sparked controversy in Boston’s contemporary art community.

Christian Marclay’s film “The Clock” is a 24 hour montage of thousands of movie and television clips with references synched to real time. It has received critical acclaim and drawn large crowds to screenings in Los Angeles and New York.

The film will be making its Boston debut at the Museum of Fine Arts’ opening gala for the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art on September 17. The cost of admission to the gala is $200. However, Marclay wanted the film to be viewable by anyone who paid the general admission price to a the exhibiting institution and for the work to be “equally accessible to all.”

The MFA claims that the $200 price tag is for the gala — which includes food, drinks, performance art, live music and entry into the wing’s exhibits, along with a complete screening of “The Clock” — but critics disapprove of the exclusivity of the film’s opening.


  • Geoff Edgers, arts reporter, Boston Globe


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