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Four Days Remain to Visit Janet Cardiff’s ‘Forty Part Motet’ at MoMA PS1

 Four Days Remain to Visit Janet Cardiffs Forty Part Motet at MoMA PS1

‘Forty Part Motet’ (2001) at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006. (Courtesy goldberg/Flickr)

The clock is ticking to see (and listen to) Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet (2001) at MoMA PS1. The work has been on long-term display there, but will end its run on Tuesday, Sept. 4, making Monday the last day to visit it. (The museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays.)

The work, which is in MoMA’s collection, is comprised of 40 standing speakers, each one presenting a different singer from the Salisbury Cathedral Choir singing “Spem in Alium Nunquam habui” by English composer Thomas Tallis (1505–85). It is a pretty amazing work, and not to be missed. (Thank you to This Week in New York for the tip about the closing.)

A number of pieces by Ms. Cardiff and her collaborator George Bures Miller, are closing around the world in the coming weeks. In New York, their installation at the Park Avenue Armory, “The Murder of Crows,” closes after Sept. 9, and their two works at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, close, along with the exhibition, on Sept. 16.

Why not make it a Cardiff/Miller weekend?

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