Opening Reception – Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet

Posted on: January 21st, 2016
March 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Mobile Museum of Art
Meredith Ivy

Join us for a members only opening reception celebrating  Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet.

This brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer. Forty separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned around the gallery.

Described as “achingly beautiful” (The New Yorker) and “transcendent” (The New York Times), this presentation will offer Museum visitors on the Gulf Coast the rare opportunity to experience a major artwork of our time.  Artist Janet Cardiff has noted of the piece: “Even in a live concert the audience is separated from the individual voices. Only the performers are able to hear the person standing next to them singing a different harmony. I wanted to be able to climb inside the music.”

This exhibition was organized by The National Gallery of Canada. Its installation at the Mobile Museum of Art is presented by PNC Bank.  Additional support is provided by the city of Mobile, Alabama State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and Dr. Bree Hayes (Board Member, Mobile Symphony Orchestra)