German-Iranian Artist Bettini Pousttchi’s new exhibition “World Time Clock” is on view in the Hirschhorn at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., now through October 9, 2016. “Installed for the first time as a complete set, Pousttchi’s images will take the viewer along a circular path that recalls the artist’s circumnavigation of the globe, or the motion of a clock’s hands around its face. The hollow cylinder form of the building itself furthermore acts as a natural timepiece, literally framing the sun’s passage across the sky. The progressive shift in sunlight and shadow through the gallery over the course of the day provides a fascinating counterpoint to the mechanized and politically regulated version of time suggested by World Time Clock.”
We first came upon these very timely photographs in the September issue of Architectural Digest Magazine. In the article, Pousttchi wonders if her series is complete, since she doesn’t have an image from Washington, D.C. We have a suggestion — go the Sidney Yates building on the mall, near the Washington Monument, and there is a clock tower with four huge LUMICHRON clocks!
If you’re in the Capital, don’t miss the show . . . if you see it at 1:55, the synchronicity will be reality.