The Cloisters and the Forty Part Motet

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The Cloisters are a additional wing of the Metropolitan Museum that happens to be located seven miles northwest of the main museum.  It is a building re-created to resemble European medieval abbeys and it houses the Met's collection of art and architecture devoted to Medieval Europe.  There are beautiful ornaments, tapestries, pieces of furniture and gardens among other artifacts.  It is a bit of a walk from the subway, but the walk is through Fort Tryon Park so it is peaceful and like a breath of fresh air, you feel like you have left the city.  I recently visited and had an amazing experience that I had to share.

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Currently there is an exhibition called The Forty Part Motet  by Janet Cardiff.  This incredible audio exhibition has 40 audio speakers on stands in place of individual singers in a choir.  Each represents a single singer so when you go right up to one, you will just hear that one part.  The "choir" performs an eleven minute piece titled Spem in alium numquam habui . The setting of the exhibition is in the Fuentiduena Chapel and the acoustics bring the performance to life.  It is hard to describe this experience other than you will be moved and it worth the trip.  It was incredible what was felt and aroused by closing my eyes and just listening to the performance.  It was absolutely incredible.  I highly recommend anyone that enjoys music or is looking for an inspiring exhibit to experience to visit this before it closes.