Outside the structure, dozens of TV monitors jumbled across the floor offer a fractured view of a climactic fight between the Roman and Sabine men over the kidnapped butchers' daughters. The eroticized scene of a society in decay unfolding at the ancient Herodion Theatre mesmerizes, as does Bepler's haunting score echoing throughout the galleries.

"I chose the 1960s as the period setting because of the well-defined gender roles typical of the era," explains Sussman, who employed a cast of 40 actors and more than 500 extras. "We researched a lot of pop cultural information from the era, including copies of Life magazine, fashions worn by Jackie Onassis and Maria Callas, the whole style of the era."

More than re-creating famous works from art history, however, Sussman's pieces are highly cinematic, mirroring works by filmmakers such as Robert Altman and Jean-Luc Godard.

A still from Sussman's unforgettable film The Rape of the Sabine Women.
A still from Sussman's unforgettable film The Rape of the Sabine Women.

Location Info


Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Museums

Region: South Beach


"Eve Sussman: Rufus Corporation": Through August 11 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; bassmuseum.org. Open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for general admission and $6 for seniors and students; children under 6 get in free.

"It's a lot about the decay of society and the myth of a perfect life — a perfect house and the perfect hairdo — crumbling apart," Sussman says.

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