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Artist:
Harold O'Connor, born Utica, NY 1941  Search this
Medium:
18k gold, titanium and leather
Dimensions:
open: 9 3/8 x 2 7/8 x 1/4 in. (23.8 x 7.3 x 0.6 cm) closed: 9 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. (23.8 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts-Jewelry
Crafts
Date:
1992
Luce Center Label:
Timeless Watch: Neighborhood Watch is one of a series of works in which Harold O’Connor comments on our ideas of time. Playing on humorous figures of speech, he considers how we structure time to organize our activities. In this piece, the “watch” becomes a tool to control our schedules and conduct surveillance, as neighbors do who keep a watchful eye on one another.
Luce Object Quote:
“[In] my father’s last year of life, the idea dawned on me one day . . . that ‘time was running out.’ I started to think of the numerous ways in which society approaches the concept of time. Mostly it is a manmade tool . . . for the purpose of regulating work and other human activities.” Artist quoted in Brilliant Stories: American Narrative Jewelry
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Dress\accessory\jewelry  Search this
Allegory\quality\harmony  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\house  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha and Pat Connell
Object number:
1998.146
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1998.146