Past

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 29, 2020

As part of Virtual Friday Night Films at the Wende, Vladimir Paperny, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures at UCLA and author of Architecture in the Age of Stalin: Culture Two, will present a talk comparing two early Cold War films: Encounter at the Elbe (1949, Soviet Union) versus Berlin Express (1948, United States). This presentation is a continuation of his project with late film critic and screenwriter Maya Turovskaya, called "Hollywood in Moscow: American and Soviet Film of the 1930s-1940s."

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 27, 2020

The fifth 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.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 20, 2020

The fourth Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Xenia Vytuleva-Herz, architecture historian, curator, and senior 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. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 13, 2020

The third 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.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 10, 2020
A virtual discussion about art and propaganda, in partnership with the Pacific Council on International Policy.

“Fake news” and “alternative facts” have become buzzwords of our time. After the twentieth-century struggles between top-down media propaganda and bottom-up media exposures, we acquired unprecedented access to information. Nevertheless, it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from interpretation. In our current moment, how do we remain (self-)critical in a world of politically split realities? What can art teach us about fact and fiction?

In Search of Our Times is a six panel discussions presented as part of Wende Conversations: A Discussion Series Supported by Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 6, 2020

Join us for the second 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.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 29, 2020

Join us for the first 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. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020

In conjunction with #WendeOnline, we invite you to ask us your questions about what happens behind-the-scenes at the Wende Museum and our collection during a special edition of #AskACurator

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 10, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Medea: controversial archetype of female strength and passion from the East. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East European writers and painters often turned to ancient mythology to express their discontent with authoritarian rule. Their interpretations of mythological figures like Medea, Cassandra, and Penthesilea were crucial in shaping contemporary images for women, and sometimes they were straight-up punk. Working under the radar of the accepted art establishment, the artists in this exhibition provoked, protested, played with fire, and experimented while refusing socialist and bourgeois stereotypes. The Medea Insurrection was conceptualized and curated by Susanne Altmann for the Albertinum (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden). It has been adapted by the Wende Museum for its Culver City appearance. 

The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain is part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 29, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Stas Orlovski’s Running Man transforms the guardhouse from a symbol of surveillance and oppression into a magic lantern where disparate histories merge, intermingle and collide. Orlovski occupies the guardhouse with 3 projected, stop-motion animations that explore themes of loss, memory and migration. Drawing on the structure's Cold War past and its current proximity to Sony Picture Studios, the work references Russian children's books, Soviet era animation, Malevich’s Suprematism, Hans Richter’s experimental films and Eadweard Muybridge’s early motion pictures. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 5, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 3, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 3, 2020

As a virtual closing event for the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, we invite you to join us for a virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon to help build a better record of the artists in the current exhibition. This is the Wende's second edit-a-thon in conjunction with The Medea Insurrection, and both past participants and new ones are welcome to join in. No Wikipedia experience necessary. People of all gender expressions and identities are encouraged to attend.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 27, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 15, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus.