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Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 6, 2020

Join us for the second Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Vladimir Kulić, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, College of Design.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 29, 2020

Join us for the first Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, and Susan E. Reid, a Professor of Transnational and Modern European History at the Department of History, Durham University, as well as Visiting Professor of Cultural and Visual History at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020

In conjunction with #WendeOnline, we invite you to ask us your questions about what happens behind-the-scenes at the Wende Museum and our collection during a special edition of #AskACurator

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 10, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Medea: controversial archetype of female strength and passion from the East. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, East European writers and painters often turned to ancient mythology to express their discontent with authoritarian rule. Their interpretations of mythological figures like Medea, Cassandra, and Penthesilea were crucial in shaping contemporary images for women, and sometimes they were straight-up punk. Working under the radar of the accepted art establishment, the artists in this exhibition provoked, protested, played with fire, and experimented while refusing socialist and bourgeois stereotypes. The Medea Insurrection was conceptualized and curated by Susanne Altmann for the Albertinum (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden). It has been adapted by the Wende Museum for its Culver City appearance. 

The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain is part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 29, 2019 - April 5, 2020

Stas Orlovski’s Running Man transforms the guardhouse from a symbol of surveillance and oppression into a magic lantern where disparate histories merge, intermingle and collide. Orlovski occupies the guardhouse with 3 projected, stop-motion animations that explore themes of loss, memory and migration. Drawing on the structure's Cold War past and its current proximity to Sony Picture Studios, the work references Russian children's books, Soviet era animation, Malevich’s Suprematism, Hans Richter’s experimental films and Eadweard Muybridge’s early motion pictures. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 5, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 3, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 3, 2020

As a virtual closing event for the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, we invite you to join us for a virtual Wikipedia edit-a-thon to help build a better record of the artists in the current exhibition. This is the Wende's second edit-a-thon in conjunction with The Medea Insurrection, and both past participants and new ones are welcome to join in. No Wikipedia experience necessary. People of all gender expressions and identities are encouraged to attend.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 27, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 15, 2020

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus. 

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.