‘The Correct Time’ exhibition showcases a broken clock

Chicago — The clock is the centerpiece of the exhibition “The Correct Time” at the Design Museum in Chicago.

Former Art Institute school student and artist Barbara Cohenen said there is a real story behind her work.

“I was attending a lecture with an art critic talking about Ronald Reagan. He said even a broken clock was right twice a day.” My head was pounding because I thought it wasn’t.”

Koenen set a goal of acquiring 720 broken clocks, clocks and clocks. These watches represent one minute of every 12 hours on the dial of the clock.

“I didn’t realize how formidable a project it would be,” said Koenen.

Koenen sent out press releases, put up posters and created business cards to distribute to potential watch suppliers. Soon, watches began arriving from all over the world.

“We are now over 800 and our goal is to reach 1,440 because that is one minute every minute in 24 hours, so we always have time all over the world,” said Koenen. I’m here.

Along the way, Koenen found it important to emphasize how the work could represent people’s lives over time.

“It was interesting from a design standpoint, but also very inspiring when you think about how time and watches can record people’s lives,” says Koenen.

The museum’s founder and executive director, Tanner Woodford, said the exhibit reflected time lost in the pandemic.

“In some ways, it feels like the 1989 show is rooted in 2022. In that sense, it’s a very timeless exhibition,” said Woodford.

Woodford was one of 24 designers who created the watch dials that are also on display in the museum.

The exhibition will end on October 3rd.

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