TICK-TOCK: Time in Contemporary Art
February 20 – May 5, 2018
Reception: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 5 to 8 pm
How we tell the Time is changing. “Reading” the face of a clock with “hands” that point to the minutes that fill an hour is harder for today’s children accustomed to watching the pop-up message of a digital clock, as is “reading” the face of an acquaintance hard for people used to interacting with technology, not other people. TICK-TOCK: Time in Contemporary Art presents the work of over 40 artists who illuminate Time’s impact through a range of media that shows the traditional and contemporary tools we use to chart Time―clocks, calendars, sundials, hourglasses, digital stopwatches, and time-elapsed video. The artists in the exhibition are: Claudia Baez, David Barnett, Johanna Burke, Kellyann Burns, Art Donovan, Nick Doyle, Mary Engel, Robert Farber, Audrey Flack, Alexandra Forsyth Martinez, Mary Frank, Paul Glabicki, Red Grooms, Richard Haas, Jim Holl, Rachel Lee Hovanian, Timothy Hursley, Mark Innerst, Kysa Johnson, Laura Karetzky, Irena Kenny, Fred Lonidier, Whitfield Lovell, Jean Lowe, Ryan McGinness, Maureen Mullarkey, Walter Murch, Tal R, Chadwick Rantanen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Julia Rothman, Ed Ruscha, John Salvest, Laurie Simmons, Allan Simpson, Steven Spazuk, Christopher Stott, Andrew Super, Allan Tannenbaum, Karen Tompkins, Penelope Umbrico, Federico Uribe, Eleanor White, Agustina Woodgate and Caroline Woolard.
TICK-TOCK looks, too, at social media and online communities, and how they are changing our concept of existing in Time, as we crowd our lives with more and more time constraints. The sound of “tick-tock” suggests the mechanical workings of a clock, an object that may soon fade as a reference for us. What will not fade is the role of Time, which plays at the margins and the center of our lives. Time tears at young beauty and limits our mortality, but while we fear Time, we treasure it. Time marks celebrated moments―an anniversary or a birthday, as well as the progressing stages of our lives, and the self-direction they demand of us.
Curated by Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director, Lehman College Art Gallery
This exhibition is made possible with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council through the Honorable Andrew Cohen and the Bronx Delegation; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation; Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation; The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; and The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund.