A Conversation About Clocks

ansmercuryafterlThis afternoon I had the opportunity to interview clock restorer David Sokosh. The owner of Clinton Hill Clocks, David has a wealth of knowledge about clocks and clock repair, including a history of clock manufacturing in the United States. We discussed both the past and future of clocks, the importance of time, collecting clocks and more. David is a regular at the Brooklyn Flea on the weekends and has a web site at ClintonHillClocks.com

Listen to the conversation with David Sokosh (be patient, it may take time to download because this wonderful talk features a wide range of aspects of clock collecting.)

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.