Past

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
June 6, 2017

Join us for the third installment of our discussion series as The Wende Museum invites contemporary artists to share their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief Curator Joes Segal will moderate an interactive conversation with artist Ken Gonzales-Day and art advisor and independent curator Brenda G. Williams as they consider how interpreting the past informs the present.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 20, 2017

The second installment of our discussion series as The Wende Museum featured contemporary artists sharing their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief curator Joes Segal moderated an interactive conversation with filmmaker Bill Ferehawk and writer Katya Tylevich as they considered what it means to make art in times of irreconcilable alternative truths.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
August 22, 2016 - March 24, 2017

Museums present their knowledge to a wider public. But what is the basis of this knowledge? Normally, visitors are not aware of the questions, issues, discussions and disputes behind an exhibition concept or even a simple wall text. In this case, artworks from the Wende collection are interpreted in different, often contradictory ways.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
March 16, 2017

To understand the realities confronting us, we need historical and artistic reflection. In the first installment of a new discussion series, The Wende Museum invited contemporary artists to share their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief curator Joes Segal moderated an interactive conversation with contemporary artists Farrah Karapetian and Christopher Wyrick as they considered what it meant to make art in times of irreconcilable alternative truths.

Films
University of California, Santa Barbara, Art, Design, & Architecture Museum
February 23, 2017

The Wende Museum's Audiovisual Archivist KateDollenmayer presents a free film screening at UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design, & Architecture Museum. A selection of short educational films and animation from East Germany and Czechoslovakia accompanies the exhibition Fair Trade (on view through April 30th) by Los Angeles artist Bari Ziperstein, highlighting the materials, processes, and aesthetics of everyday life during the Cold War. 

Special Events
Beverly Hills, California
November 12, 2016

On November 12, 2016, an Embassy of the German Democratic Republic officially represented the perished East German state in Los Angeles for four hours.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 9, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Three Los Angeles-based contemporary artists with personal ties to Cold War Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union will be invited to design a multimedia installation at the Wende Museum’s exhibition galleries.

Exhibitions
El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), El Segundo, California
February 21, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Developed in close collaboration with the El Segundo Museum of Art and its Chief Curator, Bernhard Zünkeler, this exhibition presents objects from the Wende collection relating to central planning in Eastern Europe in conjunction with artworks from the collection of ESMoA.

Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 27, 2016

Justin Lifflander has lived and worked in Russia for nearly thirty years. He started in 1987 in Moscow as a driver-mechanic at the US embassy, then served as a missile inspector on the INF treaty in Votkinsk. He was an executive with Hewlett-Packard for two decades, after which he became business editor of The Moscow Times newspaper.  His memoir, How Not to Become a Spy: A Memoir of Love at the End of the Cold War, was published in English in 2014 and in Russian at the end of last year. 

Films
The Velaslavasy Panorama, Los Angeles, CA
April 17, 2016

An illuminated lecture performed by Yelena Zhelezov and Kate Dollenmayer, COLD WORM (time, auto-corrected) is a presentation of slides and films from the Cold War archives of the Wende Museum, projected in their original formats.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
December 12, 2015 - March 18, 2016
Special Events
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
March 11, 2016

Netherlands-based and Romanian-born performance artist and theatre-maker Ioana Tudor will present “About how my emotions were stolen by the machine. While I was just sitting there, reading about my father,” in response to the exhibition Facial Recognition.

Forums
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
February 1, 2016

A lecture and Q&A by A. Ross Johnson, with an introduction by German Consul General in Los Angeles Hans Jörg Neumann

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
September 20, 2015 - December 11, 2015

The exhibition explores the dynamics of artistic collaborations behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War period.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
June 12, 2015 - September 18, 2015

The exhibition presented people from the Eastern Bloc as they were portrayed in paintings and photographs during the Cold War era.