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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 3, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 27, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 15, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 8, 2020

The twentieth century has seen the devastating effects of a blind belief in ideological blueprints, from fascism and national socialism to “real existing” socialism. But can we survive without utopian ideas? Do we need an inspiring vision and sense of direction to take care of ourselves and our environment? How much dreaming is needed to shape our world? 

Featuring Thomas Small, a member of the Culver City Council, architectural writer, and chair of the Board of Jacaranda Music; journalist Christopher Hawthorne, a former LA Times architecture critic and the first Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles; Enrique Martinez Celaya, a painter, sculptor, author on art and philosophy, and physicist, whose artworks are exhibited and collected by museums around the world; and acclaimed author Cornelia Funke, a writer of children's fiction with more than 20 million books sold worldwide.
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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 6, 2020

Nueva Canción: Songs of Protest and Resistance is a new, music-based multimedia event created by Sandra Powers and Timur, and performed by the glam rock band Timur and the Dime Museum. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects, the concert is rooted in the Latin American song movement that began in the 1960s and criticized political oppression and spurred sociopolitical change. These songs told multilayered stories about unequal distribution of wealth, corrupt politics, and abuses of power, evolving from folk to incorporate electronic, classical, and rock influences. Nueva Canción focuses on the songbook of Mercedes Sosa, the driving force behind the movement. In addition, Timur’s memories of being raised under communism and then witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union will provide a personal perspective on the complexity of political regimes. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2020

As part of the global campaign Art + Feminism, this event is designed to address the inequality of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. The Wende Museum’s Wikipedia edit-a-thon will help build a better record of the artists in the current exhibition "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists behind the Iron Curtain" many of whom do not have Wikipedia pages in English. Wikipedia training for beginners will be provided, along with resources and refreshments. Bring a laptop and join us! People of all gender expressions and identities are encouraged to attend.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2020

In conjunction with the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Dr. France Winddance Twine will speak about women’s rebellion in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and how that rebellion does and doesn't relate to the feminisms of today. The discussion will be moderated by the Wende’s Visitor Engagement Manager, Juli Sanders, and followed by a Q&A. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 26, 2020

Culver City nonprofit leaders came together at the Wende Museum on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 for the first-ever Culver City Nonprofit Convening and the presentation of the inaugural Nonprofit Transformation Prize to The Achievable Foundation. Representatives of the more than 220 nonprofit organizations based in Culver City were invited to the Wende for panel discussions on topics such as the future of philanthropy, staff development, and efforts to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 23, 2020

February's Family Day activity is entitled We Could Be Heroes, an all-ages activity to prompt thought around the theme of mythological heroes and heroines, in conjunction with the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain. Using materials such as felt and popsicle sticks, participants will be invited to create their own hero(ine) and accompanying mythological stories. Free and all materials provided.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 16, 2020

Chelle Barbour, Lezley Saar, and Sichong Xie, the Los Angeles-based contemporary artists who participate in the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, will speak about the works they selected for the exhibition, how they can be interpreted, and how they relate to specific themes in the artworks from Cold War-era Eastern Europe. The panel will be moderated by the Wende’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming Joes Segal. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 7, 2020

wasteLAnd presents music driven by collective action and creation, both in the act of composition and in community-based realization. The program features world premieres by Richard Barrett and Nicholas Deyoe in addition to radical works by Raven Chacon, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Sarah Reid, and Wilfrido Terrazas. These works explore degrees of improvisation, highlighting the necessity of communal action and negotiation in these collective creations while also reflecting on grassroots political collectivism. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 26, 2020

To shed light on the ways Cold War history impacted human lives, the Fiona Chalom and Joel Aronowitz Historical Witness Project gathers oral histories from people who lived in the Eastern Bloc during the period from 1945 to 1991. This event will be a live interview conducted at the Wende Museum with Tomas Osinski, a Polish artist, architect, and former dissident. 

The Wende recently acquired Osinski's significant personal collection of materials from the Polish opposition during the Soviet era. Moreover, Osinski organized and facilitated a large donation of documents, pamphlets, and photographs from other Polish collections. This live interview by actor and podcast host Mark Valley (Boston LegalThe Live Drop) will revisit Osinski's memories of the Polish underground.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 26, 2020

Join us for special all-ages activities all day on Sunday, January 26, in conjunction with our Historical Witness Project Live Interview event. Participants will be invited to create artworks and zines in the spirit of Samizdat, the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state. Free and all materials will be provided.


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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 12, 2020

We can only learn from history if we remember it. But how do we decide what to remember? What materials are ignored by museums, archives, and libraries, and get lost forever? When does memory become an unbearable burden, weighing us down instead of enriching our perspective? Featuring Ellen DuBois, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at UCLA; Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History at CSULA; Steven Fisher, Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum; and Ken Gonzales-Day, visual artist and Professor of Photography and Head of the Art Department at Scripps College. Moderated by Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 22, 2019

Join authors Howard and Elaine Behnken for a reading of their holiday book Bruce Bruce the Hanukkah Moose in the Wende Museum garden. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.