Since the invention of mechanical timekeeping in the 13th century, clocks and watches have appeared in fine art classics.   From Titian to Jamie Wyeth, from Brueghel to Hopper to Dali, artists have been portrayed timekeepers in symbolic, metaphorical, allegorical and documentary roles.   They never appear simply by accident.


The NAWCC, founded in 1943, currently has more than 12,000 members worldwide.  For more than 30 years, it has produced a yearly educational conference.   The 2017 symposium at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, on the “Horology in Art” theme, will feature more than a dozen art-historian speakers including prominent curators, professors and independent scholars.  The art experts will lecture on their areas of expertise, using projected images of relevant artworks, followed by clock and watch experts discussing the depicted timekeepers.

The daily programs during October 27 and 28, 2017, will be presented at the Boston MFA’s Alfond Auditorium.  There will be an opening reception hosted by Skinner, Inc. at their Park Plaza auction gallery, and a concluding dinner banquet at the Harvard Club of Boston.

From 2012, "Horology in Art" articles by Bob Frishman have appeared in every issue of Watch & Clock Bulletin, the NAWCC magazine.  Each one features an important artwork, and discusses the artist, style, context, and timekeeper.  All 27 may be viewed at here.

Symposium Chairman - Bob Frishman, bell-time@comcast.net, 978-475-5001

Public Welcome - Registration Not Limited to NAWCC or MFA Members