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Upper East Side Ramble

Upper East Side Ramble

98 Speakers and 97 Fish: Cardiff/Miller at the Armory, Nauman at Gagosian

Partial installation view of ‘One Hundred Fish Fountain’ (2005) at Donald Young Gallery. (Courtesy the artist and Donald Young Gallery)

As the rest of the New York art industry hibernates through August, the Upper East Side is suddenly alive with activity. Today the Park Avenue Armory held a press preview for its exhibition of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s The Murder of Crows sound installation, which fills the dimly lit 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall with scores of speakers. It includes monologues of horrifying dreams and passages from orchestral works, rock songs and Tibetan prayers. At one point a speaker at the dark end of the hall threatens bodily harm. (No spoilers here.) “I know something terrible is going to happen,” Ms. Cardiff’s voice intones through one speaker. Read More