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Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 8, 2020

The twentieth century has seen the devastating effects of a blind belief in ideological blueprints, from fascism and national socialism to “real existing” socialism. But can we survive without utopian ideas? Do we need an inspiring vision and sense of direction to take care of ourselves and our environment? How much dreaming is needed to shape our world? 

Featuring Thomas Small, a member of the Culver City Council, architectural writer, and chair of the Board of Jacaranda Music; journalist Christopher Hawthorne, a former LA Times architecture critic and the first Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles; Enrique Martinez Celaya, a painter, sculptor, author on art and philosophy, and physicist, whose artworks are exhibited and collected by museums around the world; and acclaimed author Cornelia Funke, a writer of children's fiction with more than 20 million books sold worldwide.
Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 6, 2020

Nueva Canción: Songs of Protest and Resistance is a new, music-based multimedia event created by Sandra Powers and Timur, and performed by the glam rock band Timur and the Dime Museum. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects, the concert is rooted in the Latin American song movement that began in the 1960s and criticized political oppression and spurred sociopolitical change. These songs told multilayered stories about unequal distribution of wealth, corrupt politics, and abuses of power, evolving from folk to incorporate electronic, classical, and rock influences. Nueva Canción focuses on the songbook of Mercedes Sosa, the driving force behind the movement. In addition, Timur’s memories of being raised under communism and then witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union will provide a personal perspective on the complexity of political regimes. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2020

As part of the global campaign Art + Feminism, this event is designed to address the inequality of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. The Wende Museum’s Wikipedia edit-a-thon will help build a better record of the artists in the current exhibition "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists behind the Iron Curtain" many of whom do not have Wikipedia pages in English. Wikipedia training for beginners will be provided, along with resources and refreshments. Bring a laptop and join us! People of all gender expressions and identities are encouraged to attend.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2020

In conjunction with the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Dr. France Winddance Twine will speak about women’s rebellion in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, and how that rebellion does and doesn't relate to the feminisms of today. The discussion will be moderated by the Wende’s Visitor Engagement Manager, Juli Sanders, and followed by a Q&A. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 26, 2020

Culver City nonprofit leaders came together at the Wende Museum on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 for the first-ever Culver City Nonprofit Convening and the presentation of the inaugural Nonprofit Transformation Prize to The Achievable Foundation. Representatives of the more than 220 nonprofit organizations based in Culver City were invited to the Wende for panel discussions on topics such as the future of philanthropy, staff development, and efforts to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 23, 2020

Experience the virtual reality short film Pērkons: A VR Rockumentary, presented by Fallon. Pērkons: A VR Rockumentary tells the story of how the Latvian rock band Pērkons shook the Soviet establishment with homemade instruments, a 2 KW sound system, and a hard rock sound. The band was banned by the Latvian government twice and many of their fans were arrested. But the harder the authorities tried to silence Pērkons, the more powerful their music became. 


Inspired by Latvian and Russian art of the ‘80s (in particular the work of Andris Breže and Ilya Kabakov), the virtual reality film creates an immersive 3D collage that juxtaposes Soviet-era architecture, archival footage, cutouts from 1980s magazines, and a 3D model texture made out of the band’s original sheet music. Viewers will experience the 11-minute film via Oculus GO headsets. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 23, 2020

February's Family Day activity is entitled We Could Be Heroes, an all-ages activity to prompt thought around the theme of mythological heroes and heroines, in conjunction with the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain. Using materials such as felt and popsicle sticks, participants will be invited to create their own hero(ine) and accompanying mythological stories. Free and all materials provided.

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 21, 2020

In conjunction with Culver City Happy Hour, the Wende Museum presents a hilarious and food-filled fantasy directed by Ester Krumbachová, an essential but overlooked figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Known for her bold creative vision, she worked as a screenwriter, set designer, and costume designer in collaborations with famed directors Věra Chytilová (Daisies and Fruit of Paradise), Jaromil Jireš (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), Karel Kachyňa (The Ear), and Jan Němec (A Report on the Partyand The Guests and Diamonds of the Night). Not long after the release of The Killing of Mr. Devil in 1970, she was blacklisted for her work on films deemed subversive. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 16, 2020

Chelle Barbour, Lezley Saar, and Sichong Xie, the Los Angeles-based contemporary artists who participate in the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, will speak about the works they selected for the exhibition, how they can be interpreted, and how they relate to specific themes in the artworks from Cold War-era Eastern Europe. The panel will be moderated by the Wende’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming Joes Segal. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 7, 2020

wasteLAnd presents music driven by collective action and creation, both in the act of composition and in community-based realization. The program features world premieres by Richard Barrett and Nicholas Deyoe in addition to radical works by Raven Chacon, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Sarah Reid, and Wilfrido Terrazas. These works explore degrees of improvisation, highlighting the necessity of communal action and negotiation in these collective creations while also reflecting on grassroots political collectivism. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 26, 2020

To shed light on the ways Cold War history impacted human lives, the Fiona Chalom and Joel Aronowitz Historical Witness Project gathers oral histories from people 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 with Tomas Osinski, a Polish artist, architect, and former dissident. 

The Wende recently acquired Osinski's significant personal collection of materials from the Polish opposition during the Soviet era. Moreover, Osinski organized and facilitated a large donation of documents, pamphlets, and photographs from other Polish collections. This live interview by actor and podcast host Mark Valley (Boston LegalThe Live Drop) will revisit Osinski's memories of the Polish underground.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 26, 2020

Join us for special all-ages activities all day on Sunday, January 26, in conjunction with our Historical Witness Project Live Interview event. Participants will be invited to create artworks and zines in the spirit of Samizdat, the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state. Free and all materials will be provided.


Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 12, 2020

We can only learn from history if we remember it. But how do we decide what to remember? What materials are ignored by museums, archives, and libraries, and get lost forever? When does memory become an unbearable burden, weighing us down instead of enriching our perspective? Featuring Ellen DuBois, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at UCLA; Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History at CSULA; Steven Fisher, Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum; and Ken Gonzales-Day, visual artist and Professor of Photography and Head of the Art Department at Scripps College. Moderated by Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 10, 2020

Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! (1970) captures the youth culture of 1960s Hungary, and follows a group of music fans from their daily life in a steel factory to nights out, going from concert to concert. Juli (Jarka Schallerová) has left her home in the countryside and is living in a workers’ hostel; she falls for a musician (Lajos Balázsovits), and soon must face a choice between him and her fiancé (Márk Zala). The film features performances by top rock bands of the 1960s and early 70s such as Kex, Metro, and Illés (the Hungarian counterpart to the Beatles), who were later banned due to political pressure. By using lyrics with hidden political meaning, Mészáros was able to escape censorship.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 22, 2019

Join authors Howard and Elaine Behnken for a reading of their holiday book Bruce Bruce the Hanukkah Moose in the Wende Museum garden. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.