Past

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 6, 2019

Classical Undergrounds presents a performance of Soviet-period instrumental and vocal music, including works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Matvey Blanter, Vadim Kozin, Alexander Vertinsky, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Rodion Shchedrin.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 24, 2019

Join us for Family Day and celebrate the opening of Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain. This Family Day will focus on everyday fabrics like cotton and polyester, materials that clothe us and protect us, but very often we don’t give a second thought. Kids will be tasked with creating clothes for a series of unusual and unexpected purposes, as we explore the important physical and emotional role textiles play in our lives. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 23, 2019

Students between the ages of 13 and 18, join us for the Wende Museum’s first-ever Teen Night, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The evening's activities include music by The Campbells and Cohort, a hands-on street-art project with the artist Muck Rock (bring clothes you don’t mind getting messy!), and food and drinks provided by Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Loqui. Guests will also have a chance to explore our newest exhibition, The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 15, 2019

The Polyphony Quartet is composed of Arab and Jewish musicians from Israel whose work aims to promote cultural exchange and understanding through music. They will perform pieces representing Israel’s diverse communities as well as a composition by Dmitri Shostakovich, whose works transcended the political division of the Cold War.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 10, 2019 - November 11, 2019

Join us in celebrating the opening of The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The opening will include a guided tour, reception, and a panel discussion on The Medea Insurrection. Panelists include artists Chelle Barbour, Orshi Drozdik, Christa Jeitner, Gabriele Stötzer, and Sichong Xie. The panel will be moderated by guest curator Susanne Altmann. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 20, 2019

 

In conjunction with the closing of the exhibitions Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe and Nonalignment and Tito in Africa, Marina V will present a lecture-performance based on her experience growing up in Soviet Russia. Following the program, there will be a Q&A between the artist and the audience, moderated by Joes Segal, the Wende's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 13, 2019

How can the arts contribute to a better understanding of our world and our lives? What do they have to say that cannot be expressed by other means? How can art and culture impact political realities in a culture of power politics, and what gives them the moral authority to do so? Featuring artist and writer Farrah Karapetian; artist, theater director, curator, and art journalist Ada Mukhina; architect and thinker Kulapat Yantrasast; and Patrick Scott, artistic and executive director of Jacaranda Music. Moderated by Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 4, 2019

Hanns Eisler settled in the United States in 1938 after fleeing National Socialism. In the late 1940s, he was interrogated by HUAC and blacklisted. Described as “the Karl Marx of music,” Eisler left the United States in 1948, and eventually settled in East Germany, where he composed the national anthem for the GDR. Hollywood Elegies, a program of compositions by Hanns Eisler presented by Long Beach Opera, reflects on one of the most divisive periods of the Cold War. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 29, 2019

Step back in time and encounter the zoetrope, one of the first animation devices. Kids will make their own zoetropes and use them to animate images. Participants will also be invited to make collages à la the Russian abstract art movement 
Suprematism. 
It's all inspired by Stas Orlovski's installation Running Man, which will transform the East German Guardhouse in the Wende garden from a symbol of surveillance into a magic lantern where histories collide.  

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 27, 2019

The Wende Museum presents a lecture-performance featuring segments of the feature-length documentary film (currently in post-production) by director Mila Turaljić, in conversation with Robeson Taj Frazier, curatorial consultant for Nonalignment and Tito in Africa

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 13, 2019

What was on view on television in socialist Eastern Europe? Which programs attracted the highest viewer ratings? How did socialist television programs differ from – or perhaps resemble – their Western equivalents? And what do they tell us about everyday life on the other side of the Iron Curtain?

Join us for a fascinating journey through socialist-era television with leading experts on socialist television history – Christine Evans (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Anikó Imre (USC, Los Angeles), and Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK). The event will feature clips from a range of entertainment, fictional, and educational programs broadcast in socialist Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 25, 2019

Author and cultural historian Robeson Taj Frazier will discuss the role that different forms of media played in Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to represent themselves as allies of African independence and liberation movements. For China and Yugoslavia, and their respective leaders, media and representation were key tools in fostering an image of their governments as central agents in advancing a global anticolonial wave that would change the world for the better. Furthermore, such representation aided them in nationalizing and domesticating their own citizenries. In his discussion of this history, Dr. Frazier will incorporate a variety of media and artistic examples to highlight the importance that representation and culture played -- particularly depictions of Africa—in both Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to circulate particular narratives of nonalignment and anticolonial solidarity.  

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 25, 2019

The Wende's August Family Day, presented in conjunction with curatorial consultant Robeson Taj Frazier, will explore the power of images. Dr. Frazier will offer a special talk for kids on how and why images have the power to influence us, which will inspire a poster-making activity in the garden. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 23, 2019

Enjoy drinks and light refreshments in the Wende Sculpture Garden, plus a spotlight talk by the Wende Museum's Visitor Engagement Education & Volunteer Lead Henry Laurence.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 1, 2019

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, in partnership with the UCLA Alumni Silicon Beach Network, invites you to a reception and screening of acclaimed filmmaker Miloš Forman's 1967 comedy The Firemen's Ball.