The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has abandoned its original plan to charge $200 for its debut viewing of Christian Marclay’s The Clock, following outrage from Bostonians and a displeased statement from Mr. Marclay himself. Instead, the 24-hour video installation will now be shown a day earlier for free — with admission when the museum is open, completely free when not — with the $200 viewing party going ahead as planned.
From the press release:
For the 24-hour premiere, The Clock is included in Museum admission during MFA hours—from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Overnight from 9 p.m. (September 16) through 10 a.m. (September 17), when only The Clock will be on view, guests will be admitted free of charge. There are no reservations and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Loring Gallery will be arranged with couches and room for standing to accommodate a total of 48 visitors.
As thrown bones go, this one’s not bad! Let’s hope this pleases the Clockheads.