The Military Eye: War, Aesthetics, and the Ethics of Aerial Surveillance
Presented in conjunction with Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne Al-Ani, this weekend of screenings and discussions explores how aerial photography has affected the perception and evolution of warfare.
Lessons of Darkness
Werner Herzog’s controversial documentary surveys the wreckage left in the wake of the Gulf War. (Dir.: Werner Herzog, Germany, 1992, 50 min., English, German, and Arabic with English subtitles)
film and panel discussion
Images of the World and the Inscription of War
Chilling photographs that American aircraft unwittingly took of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II are the starting point for this cinematic essay on the use and misuse of photographic evidence. (Dir.: Harun Farocki, Germany, 1988, 75 min., 16mm) A panel discussion follows.
Friday Gallery Talk: Freer|Sackler Assistant Curator Carol Huh on Ai Weiwei
Meet at the information desk, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Carol Huh, Freer|Sackler assistant curator of contemporary Asian art, takes an in-depth look at a selection of works in the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Up Close From Afar: Photographic Records of the Middle East
Join Mitra Abbaspour, associate curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, and Carol Huh, Freer|Sackler curator of Shadow Sites, for a discussion inspired by the exhibition. Jananne Al-Ani’s landscape photography and videos, in addition to prints from the Ernst Herzfeld collection in the F|S Archives, serve as starting points for considering the role of photographic media and archival documents in shaping histories and perceptions of the Middle East.
Exhibition Tour with Mika Yoshitake and Carol Huh
Hirshhorn Assistant Curator Mika Yoshitake, Freer|Sackler Assistant Curator of Contemporary Asian Art Carol Huh, and guest speakers examine Ai Weiwei’s work from multiple perspectives.