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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 3, 2022

Due to illness on the part of one of the musicians, this event has been cancelled.

Ivan Wyschnegradsky was a visionary Russian composer who spent his adult life in Paris, having graduated from law school the day before the Russian Revolution in 1917. The year before, he had a vision: “I saw the great light in full day,” and hence dedicated his life to “awakening in every man the slumbering forces of cosmic consciousness” with his music. Grammy-nominated pianists Vicki Ray & Aron Kallay team up with Steven Vanhauwaert, Sarah Gibson, and conductor Donald Crockett to perform the powerful piano quartets Cosmos op.28, Étude sur le carré magique sonore op.40, and selections from the duos 24 Préludes, concluding with the towering 25-minute masterwork Thus Spake Zarathustra op.17. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 29, 2022

Join us at the Wende on Sunday, May 29 for our creative Family Day activity, Identity Flags. Inspired by the artists' conceptual explorations and reinterpretations of flags and banners in the exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, participants will craft their own personal flag that reflects their individual identity and values. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 6, 2022

Inna Faliks, a renowned pianist and the head of UCLA's Piano department, presents a musical program that explores Mikhail Bulgakov's iconic Soviet novel of art, irony, love, religion, and Faustian legend, The Master and Margarita. Faliks will perform the world premiere of two compositions that celebrate the novel and have been composed especially for this evening: Maya Miro Johnson's Manuscripts Don't Burn, for speaking pianist and Margarita suite for piano by Veronika Krausas.

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Robert Frost Auditorium
May 1, 2022

A collaboration between Jacaranda Music, Culver City Forward, and Culver City Unified School District, and the Wende Museum, this special fundraiser concert will include performances of classical Ukrainian, Russian and Polish music, as well as a reading of selected works by Ukrainian poets and a Ukrainian visual arts slideshow. The concert is free of charge, a minimum donation of $20 or $50 per family is recommended for humanitarian support in Ukraine. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 24, 2022

Join us at the Wende on Sunday, April 24 for our latest Family Day activity, Identity Flags. Inspired by the artists' conceptual explorations and reinterpretations of flags and banners in the exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, participants will craft their own personal flag that reflects their individual identity and values. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 10, 2022

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our three new exhibitions and installations The Medium is the Message, Martin Roemers: Relics of the Cold War, and Light-Guard-House: Installation by Farrah Karapetian, with refreshments, programs, and guided tours!

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Wende Garden
March 20, 2022

This month’s activity continues our deep dive into the Soviet Jewry movement and the practices of the Soviet underground press (samizdat). Using an authentic 1970s Cyrillic script typewriter, participants will type out translated activist slogans from the Soviet Jewry movement and design a micro-publication to contain them in the style of Soviet samizdat.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 10, 2022

In 1934, the Soviet Union established the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in the far east of the country near the border with China. Initially, the experiment attracted Jewish migrants from all over the world, but today only a tiny percentage of the population identifies as Jewish. 

Belgian director Guy-Marc Hinant traveled to the capital, Birobidzhan, to document the remaining traces of Jewish culture left in the region. He interviewed residents who had moved there as children and visited Jewish cultural and religious sites including classrooms, the Yiddish library, the newspaper publisher (which continues to publish four pages per issue in Yiddish), and the two synagogues. The documentary is interwoven with Yiddish song and poetry along with views of the surrounding landscape, forming a meditative portrait of a place and its complex history.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 4, 2022

The premiere of a curated live score by Five Skins co-artistic directors Daniel Goldblum and Dominyka Šeibok. The performance includes avant-garde wind quintet music from Cold War Hungary by composers György Ligeti and György Kurtág, paired with Dziga Vertov's landmark cinematic innovation, Man with a Movie Camera (1929, USSR).

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 27, 2022

The Braid, formerly known as the Jewish Women's Theater, presents a performance of true personal stories of the Soviet Jew— the life left behind and the surprising, poignant, moving American journey being forged.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 26, 2022

The Culver City Book Festival returns to the Wende Museum. Highlighting work from over 20 individual small press publishers, the one-day festival will also provide a platform for lesser-known talents to showcase their literary works, from poetry to novels, both in-person and virtually.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 4, 2022

Sound House (Everyone is Working) is a site-specific multidisciplinary durational performance conceived by composers John Eagle, Cassia Streb, and interdisciplinary artist Janie Geiser. Sound House is created in collaboration with an ensemble of puppeteers, video and lighting designers, musicians, and performers and is produced by Automata, a 501(c)3 non-profit performance gallery. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 23, 2022

The National Award Book Finalist and the Newbery Honoree, Eugene Yelchin, presents his memoir The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, followed by a performance reenacting a scene from the book against a reconstruction of the author’s room in the Soviet communal apartment.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 7, 2022

In response to the increased infection rates of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to transition this Friday evening's (January 7) Music at the Wende concert from an in person program to a virtual format.

The planned performance by the San Julian Consort will now be live-streamed via Zoom, beginning at 8 p.m. PST. There will be no in-person viewing options.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 19, 2021

Join us this Sunday for the final Family Day at the Wende of 2021. Printed creative sketching activity handouts will be made available at the front desk for young visitors to engage with the exhibitions as they explore.