Exhibition Details

Location: Katz Wing for Modern and Contemporary art, Marshall Gallery and Hendler Galleries
Dates: September 7, 2019
to January 26, 2020


Cardiff and Miller: Spoken Sound is the largest exhibition of works by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller ever presented in the Southwest. Spanning two decades, the survey features five large-scale works that explore memory, narrative, space, and time.

Both born in small rural towns in Canada, Cardiff (b. 1957) and Miller (b. 1960) have collaborated for more than 30 years, using sound and new media technologies, including film, robotics, and advanced audio-recording techniques, to create immersive and interactive sound installations and sculptures.

The survey of their work at Phoenix Art Museum includes The Forty Part Motet (2001), a solo work by Cardiff that consists of 40 speakers arranged in a circle. Each speaker projects a different voice of a choral singer performing Spem in alium nunquam habui by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis, and viewers are able to wander through the work, hearing varied harmonies, individual voices, or the unified musical piece depending on where they stand. The exhibition also showcases collaborative pieces Opera for a Small Room (2005) and The Marionette Maker (2014) to illuminate the artists’ shared interest in narrative and spectacle, while more recent works, The Poetry Machine (2017), made in tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, and The Instrument of Troubled Dreams (2018), encourage viewer participation.

Cardiff and Miller: Spoken Sound introduces Arizona audiences to two of the most innovative and significant artists working today, while offering the unique opportunity to engage with renowned time-based and new media installations and sculptures that are transforming the very nature of contemporary art.


Cardiff and Miller: Spoken Sound is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.


Free for Members, veterans and active-duty Military, and youth aged 5 and under.

General Admission
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 

$14 — Youth (Ages 6-17) 

All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission. 


Voluntary-Donation Admission

This exhibition is open to the public during voluntary-donation hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and on the second Sunday of each month from noon–5 pm. General Admission is reduced to a voluntary donation during the times listed above.


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Press Information

Media images and credit lines:  COMING SOON
Press release: COMING SOON
Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, margaree.bigler@phxart.org 

Image Credits

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Marionette Maker, 2014. Mixed media installation including caravan, marionettes, robotics, audio, and lighting; approximately 14 minutes, looped. © Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller; Courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York. Installation view Luhring Augustine, New York, 2016. Photos: Farzad Owrang.

Janet Cardiff, The Forty Part Motet (A reworking of “Spem in Alium” by Thomas Tallis 1556), 2001. 40 loud speakers mounted on stands, placed in an oval, amplifiers, playback computer; 14 min. loop with 11 min. of music and 3 min. of intermission. © Janet Cardiff; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Installation view at Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Tokyo, 2009. Photo: Atsushi Nakamichi / Nacása & Partners Inc. Courtesy of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, 2009. Sung by Salisbury Cathedral Choir Recording and Postproduction by SoundMoves Edited by George Bures Miller Produced by Field Art Projects The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff was originally produced by Field Art Projects with the Arts Council of England, Canada House, the Salisbury Festival and Salisbury Cathedral Choir, BALTIC Gateshead, The New Art Gallery Walsall, and the NOW Festival Nottingham.