Cold War Spaces: A Weekly Lunchtime Discussion Series Presented by the Wende Museum

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Georgi Lukashevich, set design for the Soviet science-fiction movie The Sky Calls (1959), Collection Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto 

 

In these times of pandemic-induced confinement, the Wende Museum presents a new series of interviews and mini-lectures reflecting on Cold War spaces. How does space impact the way we live and experience our environment? What did private space really mean under socialism? What was the function of public space between state planning and private appropriation? Who was sent to the secluded spaces of prisons, mental institutions, and gulags? What imaginary spaces were created by art, science fiction, and utopian dreaming? And how did all these spaces change after the fall of the Berlin Wall? This interview and lecture series will explore the many possible answers. Held weekly on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. PST for thirty minutes via Zoom.

 

Upcoming Programs

April 28, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

The 38th Cold War Spaces interview with Andreas Bernard, Professor at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Lüneburg (Germany), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Free. RSVP Here.

May 5, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

The 39th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Eugene Yelchin, award-winning Russian-American children’s book author, painter, and illustrator, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

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May 12, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

International Trade Fair, Accra (Ghana), 1967. Ghana National Construction Corporation (GNCC), Vic Adegbite (chief architect), Jacek Chyrosz, Stanisław Rymaszewski (project architects). Photo by Jacek Chyrosz. Private archive, Warsaw (Poland). 

The 40th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Łukasz Stanek, Associate Professor at the Manchester School for Architecture, University of Manchester, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

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Past Programs

 

The 1st Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Susan E. Reid, a Professor of Transnational and Modern European History at the Department of History, Durham University, as well as Visiting Professor of Cultural and Visual History at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University. 

  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The 2nd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Vladimir Kulić, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, College of Design.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The 3rd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Dagmar Hovestädt, journalist and Spokesperson for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Shadow Space: Soviet Secret Cities in Transition: A Conversation with Xenia Vytuleva-Herz and Joes Segal
Wednesday, May 20, 2020


 


The 4th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Xenia Vytuleva-Herz, architecture historian, curator, and post-doc researcher in the Philosophy Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The 5th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Ole Bouman, Founding Director of Design Society, Shenzhen (China) and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

 

The 6th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Annette Vowinckel, Research Fellow and Head of the Department of Contemporary History of Media and Information Society at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.  

 

Wednesday, June 10

The 7th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History and Director of the O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism, Fordham University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

 

The 8th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Samuel Huneke, Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

 

© Gerd Ludwig, from the book The Long Shadow of Chernobyl 

 

The 9th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Kate Brown, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

 

A woman walks in front of a large mural in Leimert Park Village section of Los Angeles. The mural was paired in memory of the Rodney King riots. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian.

 

The 10th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Robeson Taj Frazier, Associate Professor of Communication at USC, and Director of the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

 

Portraits of Arundhati Roy (L) and Anna Politkovskaya (R)

 

The 11th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History at California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA), and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Yevgeniy Fiks, Pleshka-Birobidzhan #2, collage on paper, 2016. 

 

The 12th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with New York-based Russian artist and researcher Yevgeniy Fiks and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Top: Falling of Lenin in Khmelnytskyi park, February 21, 2014. Bottom: Statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate General, being removed by the Park Service on June 20, 2020, after having been knocked down the night before by protestors. 

The 13th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Benjamin Forest, Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University, Montreal; Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal; and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

San Diego’s Chicano Park (photo credit Eric Avila). 

The 14th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Eric Avila, Professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning at UCLA, and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

 

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

 

The 15th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Aniko Imre, Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

 

F. Goess. Crowds viewing the American National Exhibition, Moscow, 1959. Downtown Gallery records, 1824-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

The 16th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Julia Tatiana Bailey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery in Prague, and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Futenma Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

The 17th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Daniel Immerwahr, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University in Chicago, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


B-Boy Crew "Big City Breakers" performing in Dessau, 1988; courtesy of Nico Raschick/"Here We Come."

The 18th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Leonard Schmieding, Curator of Education at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The 19th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Juliane Fürst, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the department “Communism and Society” at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The 20th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Daniel Pick, psychoanalyst and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Artist Timur Novikov, Joanna Stingray & artist/drummer of Kino - Gustav Gurianov in "New Artists" studio, Leningrad 1985 

The 21st Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joanna Stingray, singer, actress, music producer and writer, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

 

The 22nd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, and the coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The 23rd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Arch Getty, Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The 24th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Dr. Sasha Razor, a native of Belarus and an alumna of the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Dr. Razor now works at the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco. She will be joined by Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 

Collage detail by artist Sally Edelstein, from Defrosting the Cold War.

The 25th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk is a Thanksgiving-inspired interview with Jon Verriet, PhD student at the Radboud University, Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The 26th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Tony Shaw, Professor of History at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

The 27th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Mark Valley, actor and creator/host of the espionage podcast The Live Drop, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

The 28th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Paul Betts, Professor of Modern European History at St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

Flowers placed on Stolpersteine memorials laid in Hamburg, Germany.

The 29th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Jennifer Allen, Assistant Professor of History at Yale University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

The 30th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Katya Soldak, Ukrainian-American journalist, Forbes editorial director, and director of the documentary The Long Breakup; and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

The 31st Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Christina Schwenkel, a sociocultural anthropologist who works in the fields of Cold War cultural studies, critical urban theory, decolonization, affect theory, and new materialism. She is a Professor of Anthropology and Southeast Asian Studies at University of California, Riverside, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

The 32nd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Allison Blakely, Professor Emeritus of European and Comparative History at Boston University, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 

Image courtesy of Dennis Keen

The 33rd Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Timur Bekbosunov, film producer, opera singer, and performance artist, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 12 p.m. PST
 

The 34th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Iain MacGregor, editor and publisher of nonfiction, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 

Performance at the opening of the exhibition “Baugrube II” (Building Pit II) by Klaus Hähner-Springmühl and others, May 13, 1988, Archiv Uta Grundmann

The 35th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Sara Blaylock, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

April 7, 2021

 

Ana Lupas, Humid Installation, 1970, two b-w photographs; Published in The Medea Insurrection exhibition catalogue, 2019, co-published by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Cornerhouse Publications.

The 36th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Susanne Altmann, art historian, and curator, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

April 14, 2021, 12 p.m. PST

 

The Future Board Game, patented by Olaf Helmer, Theodore Gordon, and Hans Goldschmidt. Photo: Jenny Andersson

The 37th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Jenny Andersson, Researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, CNRS Professor at the Center for European Studies, Paris, and Co-Director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center, Paris; and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

 

Special thanks to Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman for generously supporting discussions at the Wende Museum and our current virtual programs.