Past

Special Events
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
March 18, 2012

Join curator Ljiljana Grubisic, Director of Collections and Public Programs at The Wende Museum, for a fascinating look at this period in Russian history and the unique political artwork it generated.

Special Events
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
March 4, 2012

Join author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin for a presentation about his new award-winning book Breaking Stalin’s Nose—the moving story of a boy’s transition from devotion to disillusionment with the Communist Party. Eugene will discuss his creative journey and the use of personal experience to create historical fiction. A book signing will follow the presentation. To find out more about the book, visit breakingstalinsnose.com.

Special Events
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
February 25, 2012

The Craft and Folk Art Museum hosted a reading of poetry created in response to artworks exhibited in the Deconstructing Perestroika exhibition. The event is organized by Brendan Constantine, Los Angeles poet and author of Birthday Girl With Possum, and features poets Ilya Kaminsky, Cecilia Woloch, and Arash Saedinia.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
February 24, 2012

COLD WAR: A PERFORMANCE PROJECT is being developed over three years by the Netherlands-based PeerGrouP and the Los Angeles Poverty Department.

Special Events
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
November 13, 2011 - November 14, 2011

As a part of The Wende Museum’s SURVEILLANCE PROJECT, Behind the Berlin Wall brings together street artists from Los Angeles, London, and Berlin to interpret the role of surveillance in our lives from the Cold War until today. The murals by Retna, D*Face, and artist duo Herakut, cover nine segments belonging to the ‘east side’ of the original Berlin Wall – the side that faced the East German death strip and was never painted. In keeping with the Wall’s original function as an organic, ever-changing site for art happenings, these artists offer a commentary on the eroding space of the private individual operating in a public place that uses technology as an agent of social control.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
October 21, 2011

The Wende Museum launched Breaking Stalin’s Nose, the debut novel by Eugene Yelchin, St. Petersburg-born and Los Angeles-based artist and author. The Museum also presented an exhibition of the artist’s dramatic graphite illustrations for the book.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 15, 2011

The Spring Salon presents a discussion about the Politics of Memory between the Romanian-born, LA-based artist Claudia “Cotrutza” French and Gail Kligman, professor of Sociology at UCLA.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
January 27, 2011

The Consul General will discuss the fall of the Soviet Union, in general, and the January 20th massacre of civilians in Baku at the hands of the Soviet military.

Special Events
The Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2010

Why do many Germans from the East still speak of themselves as "Ossis" and refer to their cousins from the West as "Wessis?" Will they ever really become one country?

Special Events
TASCHEN Store, 354 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
May 25, 2010

The Wende Museum partnered with Taschen and The German American Business Association to host a final celebration ofThe Wall Project and the release of the Museum’s Wall Project Documentary Film.  Many of the artists who participated in The Wall Project were in attendance to receive official Certificates of Appreciation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the City of Los Angeles.

Special Events
At the Berlin Wall installation at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
November 8, 2009

This festive event brought together the organizers, artists, sponsors and individual donors whose collective generosity and vision made The Wall Project possible.  City of Los Angeles Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Justinian Jampol, Executive Director of The Wende Museum, presided over the evening’s activities which included a performance by renowned chanteuse Ute Lemper, a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey and a silent auction.