Past

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 4, 2020 - October 24, 2021

The series of (mostly) peaceful revolutions that took down the Berlin Wall effectively ended state socialism in Eastern Europe, and brought not just a political but also a material transformation. Countless people who lived through socialism discarded the household and consumer items they had lived with and loved or hated for many years, as they finally had access to higher-standard goods. This exhibition presents the metamorphosis of household and consumer goods from objects of everyday life to items in a museum collection, by way of flea markets, and invites contemporary artists to position them in the here and now.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 4, 2020 - October 24, 2021

Proving that photography is no more “objective” than any other medium, two photographers with the same mission offer very different views of East Germany. Through reports published by Stern, unpublished photographs, and documents and photos from the Stasi archives (both photographers were closely monitored by the East German secret police), this exhibition highlights Thomas Hoepker and Harald Schmitt’s very different approaches to East German life, culture, and society.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 24, 2021

Celebrate the closing of our current exhibitions Transformations and See Thy Neighbor by joining the final guided tour led by Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Michael Balot-Garza, the Wende Museum's Education Manager. The tour will be followed by a reception in the garden.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 24, 2021

Join us in the Wende Garden for a DIY Matryoshka doll painting activity prior to the closing of the current exhibitions.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 15, 2021

What Happens Next is a play created with, for, and about veterans and their loved ones, inspired by stories shared by the military community in San Diego. Written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Michael John Garcés, the play explores the complexities of sacrifice and resilience of people who have served and sheds light on what they carry into their civilian lives. The cast combines Cornerstone and guest artist actors with military veterans onstage. This performance will be presented outside in the garden of the Wende Museum. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 14, 2021

Why does The New York Times describe Everything Now as "the perfect book about Los Angeles"? Find out directly, during an in-person talk with Rosecrans Baldwin, the author of this exhilaratingly new understanding of the United States' most confounding metropolis. This conversation with Baldwin and Gustavo Arellano is a must for Angelenos and urban thinkers interested in new perspectives of the city they inhabit and work in. 

This event is in partnership with the AIALA. RSVP required for this event, along with proof of vaccination. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
October 6, 2021

POSTPONED: The 50th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Hilke Wagner, Director of the Albertinum, Dresden, Kathleen Reinhardt, Curator of Contemporary Art, Albertinum, Dresden, and Joes Segal, the Wende’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 26, 2021

Join us in the Wende Garden for the latest Family Day artmaking activity: Woven Ideas. Taking inspiration from the concept that hopes and wishes have greater strength in numbers, Woven Ideas invites participants to contribute to an outdoor, collaborative art installation by weaving fabric strips decorated with calls for a better future. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 10, 2021

Top Secret! is a 1984 action comedy film that parodies various film styles such as musicals starring Elvis Presley, spy films of the Cold War era, and World War II films. This screening is presented as part of the summer screening series, Seeing Red: Cold War Blockbusters of the 1980s.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 13, 2020 - September 5, 2021

Since January of 2020, artist Regina Mamou has spent her time as part of the Wende's residency program investigating the relationship between the Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa, partnering with the museum's collections department to identify important artwork and archival materials that demonstrate transnational perspectives. While her residency is ongoing, the installation Common Fantasy/Gemeinsame Fantasie is presented in a separate context with artist Lara Salmon as part of the collective Research for the Bermuda Triangle. On view now in the Wende Museum’s original East German Guardhouse, located in the sculpture garden.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 3, 2021

Welcome the weekend and the return of Culver City Happy Hour to the Wende with drinks in the garden, plus live music by the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio (Ellen Burr, Andrea Centazzo, and Jeff Schwartz).

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 29, 2021

Join us in the garden on Sunday, August 29, to create your own custom pinback button in the style of Soviet znachki. 

Znachki are pins that were mass-produced in the Soviet Union to commemorate a variety of subjects such as military anniversaries, state leaders, historical communist figures, cities, youth organizations, and sporting clubs.

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 27, 2021

Set during the latter part of the Cold War era, The Hunt for Red October centers on a rogue Soviet naval captain who wishes to defect to the United States with his officers and the Soviet Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear missile submarine. The film will be introduced by Jan de Bont, who worked as the cinematographer on The Hunt for Red October and was a director and cinematographer of numerous films including Speed, Twister, and Die Hard. This screening is presented as part of the summer screening series, Seeing Red: Cold War Blockbusters of the 1980s.

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 20, 2021

The 1983 science fiction techno-thriller, WarGames stars Matthew Broderick as a high schooler who unwittingly hacks into a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict and execute nuclear war against the Soviet Union. This film is presented as part of the summer screening series, Seeing Red: Cold War Blockbusters of the 1980s.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 14, 2021

Join Research for the Bermuda Triangle for an in-person demonstration of their artistic tincture process on Saturday, August 14 in the Wende garden. The duo-collaborative will provide a brief demonstration at noon on how they extract scent from East German artifacts to create "Common Fantasy: a fragrance of the GDR."