Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet, November 14, 2015-January 18, 2016

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco

What we did: Engagement | Planning | Production

As Producer/Project Director, Marnie Burke de Guzman initiated plans to present the acclaimed media artist Janet Cardiff’s immersive and moving sound installation The Forty Part Motet in its California debut through a collaborative partnership between Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The Forty Part Motet is Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s inaugural presentation in Gallery 308, a newly renovated historic space with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, and SFMOMA’s final On the Go program before the museum’s new building opens in May of 2016.

A spatial reworking of sixteenth-century English composer Thomas Tallis’s transcendent Spem in Alium, The Forty Part Motet is widely considered one of Janet Cardiff’s most important pieces. Born in 1957 in the Canadian town of Brussels, Ontario, Janet Cardiff has made sound the chief focus of her practice, often layering video and installation elements in multimedia works that explore themes of desire, intimacy, loss, and memory. She currently lives in rural British Columbia, and works in collaboration with her husband and partner, George Bures Miller. Cardiff originally studied photography and print-making before experimenting with sound and moving image, and first gained distinction in the art world in the mid-1990s for her site-specific audio walks. Since then, she and Bures Miller have been internationally recognized for their immersive media works which have been exhibited around the globe.

Project Team

ArtRise Projects
Marnie Burke de Guzman, Principal — Producer/Project Director
Halley Lamberson, Executive Assistant

Cardiff Miller Studio
Titus Maderlechner, Tonmeister
Zev Tiefenbach, Studio Manager

Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture
Jordan Battle, Patron Services Manager
Jane Casamajor, Theater Manager, Cowell & Southside Theaters
Patrick Hajduk, Events & Operations Director
Rich Hillis, Executive Director
Nicholas A. Kinsey, Director of External Affairs
Alfredo Lopez, Gallery Guide Manager
Diarmaid McGrath, Event Services Manager
Mollie McWilliams, Marketing & Development Associate

Industry
Jennifer Burke, Principal — Visual Designer/Project Identity

SFMOMA On the Go
Rehana Abbas, Senior Director of Individual Giving
Simon Blint, Head of Visitor Services
Linda Butler, Director of Marketing
Steven Dye, Exhibitions Technical Manager
Nancy Finn, Director of Membership
Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts
Clara Hatcher, Assistant Manager of Communications
Bosco Hernandez, Art Director
Jill Lynch, Communications Director
Wynter Martinez, Assistant Manager, Marketing
Clarissa Morales, Exhibitions Coordinator
Jen Sonderby, Design Director
Lanlian Szeto, Donor Services Manager
Jessica Woznak, Co-Director of Exhibitions

Streetwise Art Consulting and Communications
Robyn Wise, for SFMOMA, Streetwise Art Consulting and Communications

The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff is co-presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Generous support is provided by Linda and Jon Gruber and Roselyne Chroman Swig. Kind loan support is provided by the Kramlich Collection and Tate, through the Tate Americas Foundation.

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Image Credits

Top: Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (installation view, Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture), 2015; co-presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; photo: JKA Photography.
Middle: Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (installation view, Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture), 2015; co-presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; photo: JKA Photography
Bottom left: Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (installation view, Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture), 2015; co-presented by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; photo: Drew Altizer Photography.
Bottom right: Janet and George Cardiff in Gallery 308, still from KQED’s One Collective Breath, 2015; cinematography: Aaron Drury, courtesy KQED Arts.