On November 12, 2016, an Embassy of the German Democratic Republic officially represented the perished East German state in Los Angeles for four hours.
Justin Lifflander has lived and worked in Russia for nearly thirty years. He started in 1987 in Moscow as a driver-mechanic at the US embassy, then served as a missile inspector on the INF treaty in Votkinsk. He was an executive with Hewlett-Packard for two decades, after which he became business editor of The Moscow Times newspaper. His memoir, How Not to Become a Spy: A Memoir of Love at the End of the Cold War, was published in English in 2014 and in Russian at the end of last year.
Netherlands-based and Romanian-born performance artist and theatre-maker Ioana Tudor will present “About how my emotions were stolen by the machine. While I was just sitting there, reading about my father,” in response to the exhibition Facial Recognition.
In collaboration with Berlin and Los Angeles artists Sonya Schönberger and Friedrich Kunath, acclaimed conceptual artist Christof Zwiener appropriated an architecturally typical guardhouse from the parking lot of the East German news agency, known by the acronym ADN. In response to imminent destruction of the ADN headquarters and guardhouse in the wake of a frantic rush to get rid of a dark past, Zwiener rescued the guardhouse and transformed it into mobile site-specific installations, exploring themes of media, surveillance, propaganda, and the military.
Musical theatre actress Lola Fisher, Institute of the American Musical executive director Miles Kreuger, and University of California Irvine professor Kiril Tomoff engaged in a lively discussion of American musical theatre presented from 1946-89 in the USSR, East Germany and other Soviet bloc countries.
Justinian Jampol, The Wende’s Executive Director, and Chris Wyrick, of the Hollywood Reporter, discussed the impact of Fame on the Arts, as it relates to such topics as Prestige, Infamy, Defamation, and Forgetting.
Cristina Cuevas-Wolf, The Wende’s Manager of Collection Development, led a lively discussion about Political Icons in Experience 05 FAME.
The Wende Museum hosted a booth at Fiesta La Ballona for a second time to promote the Museum’s collections and its move to the Armory building, which is adjacent to Vet’s Park where the event is held.
READINGS | Angela Thompson and Ana Tajder
USC-Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Reception to follow the program
The Fall Salon will present a special evening of conversation about secretive and unfamiliar objects, places and subjects. Photographer Taryn Simon, in conversation with Peter Tokofsky, Education Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum, will discuss her work Contraband (2010), an archive of global desires and perceived threats, presenting 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad.
Join Dr. Ljiljana Grubisic, Director of Collections & Public Programs, for an insider's look at The Wende Museum. Learn more about the museum's unique collection of Cold War artifacts including its selection of posters featured in Deconstructing Perestroika.
The Wende Museum's original Berlin Wall segments, on permanent display at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. (The Variety Building), were selected as one of 30 sites across the Southland for the city-wide installation project, Play Me, I'm Yours, organized in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the British artist Luke Jerram.
The Spring Salon presented Ask Me More about Brecht: Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge, a special performance, music and cultural history by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements.
Please join Vitaly Komar as he comments extemporaneously on selected images from The Wende Museum’s collection of Perestroika-era hand painted poster artworks, a few of which are currently on view as part of The Wende’s “Deconstructing Perestroika” exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.