Live Art

May 09 - June 27, 2008
The Rape of the Sabine Women

Date + Time

May 09 - June 27, 2008


SFMOMA is pleased to host the West Coast premiere of the acclaimed video musical The Rape of the Sabine Women. The work recasts Rome's founding myth of abduction and peaceful settlement as a chaotic fall from midcentury idealism. Constructed as a 1960s period piece, the film presents the Romans as government agents, the Sabines as butchers' daughters, and their union as an affluent, International Style idyll. Inverting the Roman source, the piece tracks not the origins of empire, but the end of utopia. The May 01 and 02 programs feature live musical performances, and the May 03 program includes a panel discussion.

Admission + Ticketing

Portions of this film contain nudity and violent imagery that may not be appropriate for all viewers. This film is not rated.

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Tickets are available at SFMOMA (no surcharge) or online.

Support for Live Art at SFMOMA is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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