Past

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
July 7, 2019

To shed light on the ways Cold War history impacted human lives, the Fiona Chalom and Joel Aronowitz Historical Witness Project has been gathering oral histories from those 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 between Vladimir Paperny and Mark Valley.

 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 30, 2019

Join us in celebrating Pride Month this Sunday, June 30th with special kid-friendly activities and a spotlight talk commemorating the history of LGBTQ activism during the Cold War. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 28, 2019

In honor of Pride month, the Wende Museum and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles present a screening of the 1989 East German film Coming Out, directed by famed DEFA filmmaker Heiner Carow. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 25, 2019

In conjunction with the exhibition Nonalignment and Tito in Africa, the Wende Museum presents a workshop for educators. Curators and scholars Paul Betts (Oxford University), Radina Vučetić (University of Belgrade), and Robeson Taj Frazier (USC) will offer presentations on the Nonaligned Movement and Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, and invite discussion about how the themes of transnational solidarity and a “third way” beyond the Cold War’s capitalism-communism binary can be meaningfully explored with students and others today. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 23, 2019

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe and Nonalignment and Tito in Africa with refreshments, programs and tours of the exhibition! 

Forums
The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum - 4130 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
June 8, 2019

Join Culver City cultural leaders and scholars for a timely discussion on the hidden history of racism in Culver City and what can be done in the present to undo harm in the future. This event is co-presented with the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum, located at 4130 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
February 10, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Encounter subversive art across geographic, ideological, and historical borders in a new exhibition at the Wende Museum. Crumbling Empire: The Power of Dissident Voices will present Russian poster designs of the 1980s and early ’90s, from the Wende's Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection as well as the collection of AIGA San Diego, alongside contemporary American street art by Shepard Fairey and a monumental work by Komar and Melamid

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
February 10, 2019 - June 2, 2019

The Wende Museum presents the first U.S. museum exhibition of the North Korean dissident artist Sun Mu. Sun Mu – a pseudonym, meaning “no borders” – fled his country (the last remaining Stalinist state on earth) in 1998. Trained as a propaganda-poster artist, he continues to work in the style in which he once glorified the North Korean army and state leaders, ironically turning propagandistic messages on their heads.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 10, 2019 - June 2, 2019

Look up! Looming above Los Angeles are haunting relics of panic and fear. Once distinctly prominent and alarming fixtures in the city, civil-defense air-raid sirens still pepper the vast landscape. Installation began during World War II, but the sirens became prolific symbols of the subsequent Cold War. The formerly intimidating objects erected to warn Angelenos of impending danger have morphed into eerie artifacts of a foregone era. Now deteriorated and defunct, the sirens have become camouflaged within the visual fabric of the modern city and have developed their own unique character and look. By photographing environmental portraits of the sirens, some of which have since been removed, Nicole Weingart has created a comprehensive photographic series of Los Angeles air-raid sirens. This exhibition presents a sample of the diversity of the series.

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

Explore your memories and personal stories in a new intergenerational writing workshop at the Wende. Participants from teens to seniors are invited to engage in inspiring writing exercises that will make connections between Cold War memories and present-day life. 

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

Join us for a reception and performance to celebrate the closing of our current exhibitions. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 31, 2019

Victor Grossman, born Stephen Wechsler in 1928, is an American journalist, writer, and popular speaker, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1952. He has since lived in East Germany, then in reunified Germany, chronicling life, politics, and humanity. Grossman will speak about his recent book A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee (2019). 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 26, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Please join us at an upcoming neighborhood-engagement gathering to help shape a community-led vision for the parcel next door. What would you like to see there? How might we best activate 10858 Culver Boulevard for the benefit of our Culver City community?  

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 26, 2019

Join us for special kid-friendly activities on the theme of sports diplomacy all day on Sunday, May 26. 

Special guests Hertha BSC Berlin - one of Berlin's leading soccer teams - will join in the fun from 3:30 to 5. Guests of all ages will have a chance to interact with the team as part of their U.S. tour spreading the message "Berlin tears down walls!," in honor of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 10, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters in the North portrays the people behind the persistent clichés and stereotypes of a misunderstood nation and provides an in-depth look behind the garish façade of propaganda in a living environment that is usually inaccessible to us. The people encountered by the director on her journey through the country – engineers, soldiers, farmers, painters, seamstresses – are not chance acquaintances, they were chosen by the regime. Nevertheless, Cho approaches her protagonists with sincere interest, respect, and, most of all, devoid of any judgment. Thus appears a cheerful folk who, despite their often peculiar-seeming love towards their “leader,” have by no means given up on their dreams or the hope of reunification of both Koreas. Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.