Past

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 16, 2019

How do Putin and the Russian government see themselves on the global stage? Join us for a special discussion with Russia expert Angela Stent, who will illuminate how Russia has emerged from the ashes of the Cold War to become a world power. Stent will discuss Russia’s key relationships with countries that are at odds with many in the West, including Russia’s backing of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, its support of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and its growing strategic partnership with Iran. Stent will also discuss relations between Russia and China, and how a stronger partnership between the two could pose a threat to the US.

Co-presented by the Wende Museum and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council



Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 12, 2019

USSR Art plunges into the middle of this economic and aesthetic confusion, presenting a fascinating overview of Soviet art and artists in transition, and of a society struggling with its first flirtations with commercialism. Featuring interviews with many of these leading artists (who had suddenly become celebrities), as well as a large representative sampling of their works, USSR Art provides an invaluable window on the most rapidly developing and exciting movement in the international art world.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 5, 2019

Music at the Wende: PIANO SPHERES presents Vicki Ray: "21 Bricks." RSVPs open March 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 31, 2019

Join us for special kid-friendly activities all day on Sunday, March 31. Program materials and supplies are free! 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 22, 2019

The historic memory of the Soviet Empire, its art and its heroes, ends with the generation born in the mid-1970s. Educated by a generation of teachers who established themselves in the Soviet system, the last generation of Soviet artists process the complex histories of their country. The artist Victoria Lomasko will

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 8, 2019

Join us for a screening of the documentary film I Am Sun Mu, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker Adam Sjöberg. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 3, 2019

From the 1960s to 1980s, a boom in modernist architecture in the Soviet Union was accompanied by one of the grandest public-art efforts the world has ever seen, with thousands of large-scale mosaics, murals, relief sculptures, and other forms of “monumental art” erected on civic buildings. Specially trained “monumentalists” were sent to the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan to develop a local cadre of artists. Far from the watchful eyes of Moscow, they were able to create fascinating artworks with a touch of the avant-garde. Now, 27 years after the collapse of the USSR, Kazakhstanis are reckoning with a legacy that many associate with a troubled past, while others fight for its preservation.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 1, 2019

Music at the Wende: MAYME A. CLAYTON LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Presets Kamau Daáood and A Band of Griots: "Through Walls of Thought and Feeling." 

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

Please join us on Friday, February 22 for drinks and a curator's talk on Humor and Irony in Art. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 17, 2019

Join us for special kid-friendly activities all day on Sunday, February 17. Program materials and supplies are free! 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 10, 2019

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibitions Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices and Upside-Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 2, 2019

The Wende Museum will be participating in the SoCal Museums 14th Annual Museums Free-for-All with free admission to a sneak peak of our two upcoming exhibitions.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 1, 2019

Music at the Wende: HEAR NOW presents "Civil Disobedience." 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 16, 2018 - January 13, 2019

This exhibition will address the various layers of mutual suspicion, fear and mistrust between the Soviet Bloc and the Western world, and its impact on the lives of everyday people.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 16, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Ballet was part of the high drama of the “culture wars,” as the US and USSR jockeyed for position during the Cold War. The Soviet Union produced some of the greatest dancers the world has ever known, with the Bolshoi and Kirov companies as standard bearers. But there were also painful losses, such as the defections of star dancers Nureyev, Makarova, and Baryshnikov, and the stifling of dance innovation during a time of great creativity in the West. How did the culture wars fit into the larger context of Soviet and American ballet, and the place of dance in Soviet life?