Past

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 22, 2018

Celebrating the inauguration of the Wende Museum's Historical Witness Project, showing the impact of Cold War history on individual human lives.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory & Max Kade/USC
April 16, 2018 - April 17, 2018

A two-day conference organized by The Wende Museum, USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, the Center for Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 13, 2018

Experience a musical "behind the scenes" moment during the open rehearsal of conductorless chamber orchestra Delirium Musicum at the Wende Museum. Spend time in the exhibits and meet the musicians in an informal setting as they rehearse for their concert at the Glendale City Church on April 14th at 5 p.m. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 29, 2018 - March 30, 2018

Alik, a play written by Julio Vera and presented by the Elysium Conservatory Theatre about Lee Harvey Oswald’s time in the Soviet Union, will be performed amid Cold War artifacts in the Wende Museum galleries.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2018

Prof. Dr. Andreas Bernard is a professor of cultural studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a lecturer in the university's Center for Digital Cultures. He studied literary criticism and cultural studies in Munich and was a research assistant at Bauhaus University, Weimar, and at the University of Konstanz. As a journalist, he currently writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and ZEIT Magazin.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 18, 2018

The Wende Museum's popular discussion series Art - Past - Present resumes at our new location. Please join us as we launch a dynamic season of public programs with a conversation between artist, curator, and writer Corrina Peipon and artist Bari Ziperstein about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief Curator Joes Segal will moderate what is sure to be a lively interactive discussion.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
January 1, 2009 - July 21, 2017

The exhibition Facing the Wall: Living With the Berlin Wall reflects upon larger issues of the human impact of the Cold War and the activities, behaviors and opinions of those living in those tumultuous times.  It traces the personal stories of four individuals: a West Berlin wall painter, Thierry Noir, an East German border guard Peter Bochmann, a day visitor from the West Alwin Nachtweh, and a former East German Stasi officer Hagen Koch.  Exploring the complex, interconnected and often contradictory nature of history seen through the lenses of these four individuals living at the Wall, this exhibition recreates the place where the realities of political ideology and personal experience came face to face. 

Exhibitions
Online Exhibition
August 9, 2013 - July 21, 2017

 

 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 9, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Through a survey of fine art, posters, menus, and films, Dinner Party Politics: Food Culture in Eastern Bloc Countries examines the ideological goals, gender roles, and individual desires expressed by the production and consumption of food in socialist countries during the Cold War.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
June 6, 2017

Join us for the third installment of our discussion series as The Wende Museum invites contemporary artists to share their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief Curator Joes Segal will moderate an interactive conversation with artist Ken Gonzales-Day and art advisor and independent curator Brenda G. Williams as they consider how interpreting the past informs the present.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 20, 2017

The second installment of our discussion series as The Wende Museum featured contemporary artists sharing their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief curator Joes Segal moderated an interactive conversation with filmmaker Bill Ferehawk and writer Katya Tylevich as they considered what it means to make art in times of irreconcilable alternative truths.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
August 22, 2016 - March 24, 2017

Museums present their knowledge to a wider public. But what is the basis of this knowledge? Normally, visitors are not aware of the questions, issues, discussions and disputes behind an exhibition concept or even a simple wall text. In this case, artworks from the Wende collection are interpreted in different, often contradictory ways.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
March 16, 2017

To understand the realities confronting us, we need historical and artistic reflection. In the first installment of a new discussion series, The Wende Museum invited contemporary artists to share their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief curator Joes Segal moderated an interactive conversation with contemporary artists Farrah Karapetian and Christopher Wyrick as they considered what it meant to make art in times of irreconcilable alternative truths.

Films
University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, & Architecture Museum
February 23, 2017

The Wende Museum's Audiovisual Archivist KateDollenmayer presents a free film screening at UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design, & Architecture Museum. A selection of short educational films and animation from East Germany and Czechoslovakia accompanies the exhibition Fair Trade (on view through April 30th) by Los Angeles artist Bari Ziperstein, highlighting the materials, processes, and aesthetics of everyday life during the Cold War. 

Special Events
Beverly Hills, California
November 12, 2016

On November 12, 2016, an Embassy of the German Democratic Republic officially represented the perished East German state in Los Angeles for four hours.