89 Seconds at Alcazar

I finally had the chance to see Eve Sussman’s 2010 film, 89 Seconds at Alcazar at the National Museum of Women in the Arts while I was in DC last week. Sussman’s compelling recreation of the Velazquez painting, Las Meninas was mesmerizing. The film depicts a seemingly one take view of the moments before all of the characters in the painting settle into place. I had to watch the film a few times before I was able to continue through the museum. This was one one of those unexpected sublime museum moments.

Las Meninas, Diego Velazquez, 1656. (image from the internet)

Las Meninas, Diego Velazquez, 1656. (image from the internet)

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