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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The 51st Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Kathleen Reinhardt, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Albertinum | SKD, Dresden, and Joes Segal, the Wende's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

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

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions Questionable History and Soviet Jewish Life: Bill Aron and Yevgeniy Fiks with refreshments, programs, and tours of the exhibition! 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Sunday, March 20, 2022

What is history? What are historical facts? How do we experience our own past and the history of the world? In times of culture wars about monuments and history education, this exhibition asks questions about the character of historical knowledge and the stories we tell about the past. Facts do matter, while the ways we interpret them are often subjective and open to debate or the cause of social discord.

Museums are educational institutions that have pertinent stories to share, yet most visitors are not aware of the complex discussions behind an exhibition concept, or even a single object label. Questionable History focuses on illuminating these often invisible question marks. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Sunday, March 20, 2022

Russia has had a long, tumultuous history with its Jewish citizens. Short periods of prosperity and acceptance were alternated with centuries of persecution and exclusion. During the Cold War, Soviet Jews experienced discrimination and often were disciplined when they applied for emigration to Israel, Europe, or the United States. Applications came at a great cost, resulting in the loss of employment, educational opportunities, and isolation from family and friends. The Soviet Jewish experience is at the core of the work in this exhibition by Bill Aron and Yevgeniy Fiks.