Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet at Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Forty Part Motet (2001), a sound installation by Janet Cardiff (Canadian, born 1957), will be the first presentation of contemporary art at The Cloisters. Regarded as the artist's masterwork, and consisting of forty high-fidelity speakers positioned on tripods in a large oval configuration throughout the Fuentiduena Chapel, the fourteen-minute work, with a three-minute spoken prologue, will continuously play an eleven-minute reworking of the forty-voice motet Spem in alium numquam habui (1556?/1573?) by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585).
Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.
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