Tehching (Sam) Hsieh, “One Year Performance (Time Clock Piece),” Opening Performance, Poster, 1980-81


Tehching (Sam) Hsieh, “One Year Performance (Time Clock Piece),” Poster, 1980-81. Size:  17 x 11 inches.

From 1978 to 1984 Hsieh executed in quick succession four grueling one-year performances.  The “Time Clock” performance was the second in this series and possibly the most difficult.  For one year Hsieh punched a time clock every hour on the hour which disrupted his sleep and his ability to leave his house except for short durations. This poster, designed and printed by the artist, was sent to friends, and marks the days when they could witness the performance at his studio loft. Posters for “Time Clock” are exceedingly rare especially when compared to the many posters Hsieh produced for his later one-year “Outdoor” performance (1981-82).

Performance Art Tehching (Sam) Hsieh