Past

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.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
July 28, 2019

Join us on Sunday, July 28th, as we enjoy a special Family Day at the Wende: Try your hand at being a secret agent with fun spy-themed activities for kids, as well as a spotlight talk for all ages on the history of espionage in the Cold War.  

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
July 7, 2019

To shed light on the ways Cold War history impacted human lives, the Fiona Chalom and Joel Aronowitz Historical Witness Project has been gathering oral histories from those 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 between Vladimir Paperny and Mark Valley.

 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 30, 2019

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this Sunday, June 30th with special kid-friendly activities and a spotlight talk commemorating the history of LGBTQ activism during the Cold War. 

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

In conjunction with the exhibition Nonalignment and Tito in Africa, the Wende Museum presents a workshop for educators. Curators and scholars Paul Betts (Oxford University), Radina Vučetić (University of Belgrade), and Robeson Taj Frazier (USC) will offer presentations on the Nonaligned Movement and Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, and invite discussion about how the themes of transnational solidarity and a “third way” beyond the Cold War’s capitalism-communism binary can be meaningfully explored with students and others today. 

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

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe and Nonalignment and Tito in Africa with refreshments, programs and tours of the exhibition!