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The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Tuesday, 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.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Political power relations, economic structures, and cultural ideas impact the way we experience, envision, and structure our environment. The Cold War, with its strict division between ‘East’ and ‘West’ both in physical and ideological terms, is a case in point. To a certain extent, Cold War history can be read as a history of spatial relations. This exhibition explores the spatial characteristics of Cold War era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in ten sections: public space; private space; work space; border space; secret space; ideological space; alternative space; outer space; shared space; and changing space.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Vessel of Change” is a video installation by artist and filmmaker Bill Ferehawk, who also edited The Wende Museum documentary “Collecting Fragments”, and multimedia designer David Hartwell. Ferehawk and Hartwell developed their video for the museum, which playfully reinterprets the Malta Summit of December 1989 between Presidents George Bush Sr. and Mikhail Gorbachev, symbolically sealing the end of the Cold War. The summit took place on a ship in wild waters in front of the harbor of Marsaxlokk. In this case, the museum becomes the ship that metaphorically anchors the end of the Cold War in Los Angeles. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Photography exhibition by Nathan Farb, based on a trip he took in 1977 to Novosibirsk as a host of the American exhibition Photography USA, part of a cultural exchange program under President Carter’s administration. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Wende Museum and the Getty Research Institute (GRI) are combining their rich and complementary Hungarian collections to convey the story of Hungary’s visual culture between the 1956 uprising in Budapest and the end of the regime in 1989. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

For the past ten years, British cultural historian Juliane Fürst has researched a topic that has never been consistently addressed before; the history and culture of Soviet hippies in the 1970s and 1980s. Hippies represented the most widespread and pervasive counter-culture in the Soviet Union. Maintaining an elaborate network between regional centers, they experimented with alternative life styles, liberating themselves from the constraints of imposed culture. The exhibition highlights the power of idiosyncrasy in the very heart of the socialist empire.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018

Resulting from a close collaboration between The Wende Museum and the London-based Wellcome Library, 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
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Wende Museum will invite contemporary artists to interpret the present through the lens of Cold War history, using the museum’s collection as a point of reference.