After the Aftermath

On Sunday, the museum will screen Images of the World and the Inscription of War, a 1989 movie by European filmmaker Harun Farocki. The film, deemed an "austere cinema poem" by the New York Times, considers aufklärung -- the German word for both enlightenment and aerial surveillance -- during World War II. In one scene, an attractive woman is ushered into Auschwitz, only to reflexively strike an alluring pose when photographed by a Nazi guard. The film questions that if aerial shots were able to identify such details of death camps, why weren't they strategically bombed? The screening is part of "Reflections on Loss and Commemoration," an exhibit of material culture that contemplates destruction. In the sculpture Kiss of Victory, a fallen soldier is propped up by an angel. Likewise, a 1910 book compares the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to the wreckage of Greek and Roman ruins. "Reflections" will be on display through September 30.
Sun., Sept. 11, 4 p.m.; Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Sept. 30, 2011
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Amanda McCorquodale