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Listening to Janet Cardiff’s Words Drawn in Water, in a publicity photo supplied by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Ms. Cardiff Goes to Washington
by Sidney Lawrence

Art-savvy visitors to the District of Columbia generally dodge the steamy outdoors during August, but a work by Canadian-born, Berlin-based sound-meister and Venice Lion d’Or winner Janet Cardiff may cause them to reconsider.

Words Drawn in Water, Aug. 3-Oct. 30, 2005, is Cardiff’s 33-minute "audio walk" commissioned by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for its smallish outdoor parcel and a nearby Mall site, revisiting an art form Cardiff invented 14 years ago.


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