Memorial Hall Library

Looking At Time: Clocks and Watches in Paintings, Photos, and Illustrations

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Saturday, January 6, 2024 - 11:00am

Andover’s Bob Frishman is January’s guest curator at Memorial Hall Library for an exhibit of paintings, prints and art-photographs with clocks and watches in the scenes. Bob’s clock-repair business, Bell-Time Clocks, has operated in town since 1993, but he has retired from repairing and now focuses on writing, lecturing, and creating exhibits about the history, technology, and vital cultural importance of timekeeping.

Bob displays more than twenty artworks from his personal collection. These include an 1830’s oil-on-canvas portrait of an English woman with a watch, a Berenice Abbott 1929 photograph of a New York City watchmaker’s shop, a 1919 Norman Rockwell magazine cover with a cuckoo clock, a 1922 Swiss Longines watch poster with Father Time, and much more.

On Saturday, January 6th, Bob will present an illustrated lecture about his exhibit.  He also will present many more examples from his collection of original artworks and from the two thousand digital images he has collected, ranging from Rembrandt to Warhol. 

The exhibit will be on display in the circulation area on level 1 during the month of January.