The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Christian Marclay: Chewing Gum

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 – Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017


On his daily walks through London, Christian Marclay has photographed thousands of blobs of squished chewing gum on city sidewalks. Although the subject hardly seems worthy of artistic celebration, he has edited those images into Chewing Gum—a lively, humorous stop-motion animation.

Through careful sequencing, Marclay allows the banal spots to merge and divide like cells; dance playfully with one another; and explode into a cosmic constellation. Meanwhile, in a self-referential tribute to the history of film, the herky-jerky quality of the pavement flickering behind the gum recalls flip books, optical toys such as the 19th-century zoetrope, and early cinema.

Born in California in 1955, Marclay grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and now lives and works in London. He is known for his innovative work combining sound recording, collage, photography, video, film, and performance.


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    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

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Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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