Past

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 15, 2022

Samuel Clowes Huneke, Assistant Professor of Modern German History at George Mason University, will speak about his new book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 6, 2022

Inna Faliks, a renowned pianist and the head of UCLA's Piano department, presents a musical program that explores Mikhail Bulgakov's iconic Soviet novel of art, irony, love, religion, and Faustian legend, The Master and Margarita. Faliks will perform the world premiere of two compositions that celebrate the novel and have been composed especially for this evening: Maya Miro Johnson's Manuscripts Don't Burn, for speaking pianist and Margarita suite for piano by Veronika Krausas.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 1, 2022

Join us for a conversation between Joanna Stingray, singer, music producer, and writer, and Alexander Kan, London-based music critic, journalist, writer, broadcaster, and one of the leading experts in Soviet jazz and rock music. The conversation will be moderated by Olya Sova, Los Angeles and London-based curator and founder of The New Social arts organization.

Special Events
Robert Frost Auditorium
May 1, 2022

A collaboration between Jacaranda Music, Culver City Forward, and Culver City Unified School District, and the Wende Museum, this special fundraiser concert will include performances of classical Ukrainian, Russian and Polish music, as well as a reading of selected works by Ukrainian poets and a Ukrainian visual arts slideshow. The concert is free of charge, a minimum donation of $20 or $50 per family is recommended for humanitarian support in Ukraine. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 24, 2022

Join us at the Wende on Sunday, April 24 for our latest Family Day activity, Identity Flags. Inspired by the artists' conceptual explorations and reinterpretations of flags and banners in the exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, participants will craft their own personal flag that reflects their individual identity and values. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
April 10, 2022

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our three new exhibitions and installations The Medium is the Message, Martin Roemers: Relics of the Cold War, and Light-Guard-House: Installation by Farrah Karapetian, with refreshments, programs, and guided tours!

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 12, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Sichong Xie’s guardhouse installation, Memory Structure, Scaffold Series, features objects and arrangements emblematic of memory and temporality: bamboo scaffolding, embroidery on industrial mesh, and a set of laser-engraved drawings that will fade from continual exposure to light, through which the artist reimagines architectural drawings created by her grandfather in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 14, 2021 - March 20, 2022

What is history? What are historical facts? How do we experience our own past and the history of the world? In times of culture wars about monuments and history education, this exhibition asks questions about the character of historical knowledge and the stories we tell about the past. Facts do matter, while the ways we interpret them are often subjective and open to debate or the cause of social discord.

Museums are educational institutions that have pertinent stories to share, yet most visitors are not aware of the complex discussions behind an exhibition concept, or even a single object label. Questionable History focuses on illuminating these often invisible question marks. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 14, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Russia has had a long, tumultuous history with its Jewish citizens. Short periods of prosperity and acceptance were alternated with centuries of persecution and exclusion. During the Cold War, Soviet Jews experienced discrimination and often were disciplined when they applied for emigration to Israel, Europe, or the United States. Applications came at a great cost, resulting in the loss of employment, educational opportunities, and isolation from family and friends. The Soviet Jewish experience is at the core of the work in this exhibition by Bill Aron and Yevgeniy Fiks.

Special Events
Wende Garden
March 20, 2022

This month’s activity continues our deep dive into the Soviet Jewry movement and the practices of the Soviet underground press (samizdat). Using an authentic 1970s Cyrillic script typewriter, participants will type out translated activist slogans from the Soviet Jewry movement and design a micro-publication to contain them in the style of Soviet samizdat.

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 13, 2022

Join us for the second of two partner programs presented in conjunction with Holocaust Museum LA’s Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist and the Wende Museum’s Soviet Jewish Life exhibitions. This panel discussion will focus on the lives of Refuseniks and other Soviet Jews during the Cold War period. Speakers are Bill Aron, whose photographs are on view in our current exhibition, and Professor Michael Berenbaum, rabbi, writer, filmmaker, former Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and former Director of the museum’s Holocaust Research Institute.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 10, 2022

In 1934, the Soviet Union established the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in the far east of the country near the border with China. Initially, the experiment attracted Jewish migrants from all over the world, but today only a tiny percentage of the population identifies as Jewish. 

Belgian director Guy-Marc Hinant traveled to the capital, Birobidzhan, to document the remaining traces of Jewish culture left in the region. He interviewed residents who had moved there as children and visited Jewish cultural and religious sites including classrooms, the Yiddish library, the newspaper publisher (which continues to publish four pages per issue in Yiddish), and the two synagogues. The documentary is interwoven with Yiddish song and poetry along with views of the surrounding landscape, forming a meditative portrait of a place and its complex history.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
March 4, 2022

The premiere of a curated live score by Five Skins co-artistic directors Daniel Goldblum and Dominyka Šeibok. The performance includes avant-garde wind quintet music from Cold War Hungary by composers György Ligeti and György Kurtág, paired with Dziga Vertov's landmark cinematic innovation, Man with a Movie Camera (1929, USSR).

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 27, 2022

The Braid, formerly known as the Jewish Women's Theater, presents a performance of true personal stories of the Soviet Jew— the life left behind and the surprising, poignant, moving American journey being forged.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
February 26, 2022

The Culver City Book Festival returns to the Wende Museum. Highlighting work from over 20 individual small press publishers, the one-day festival will also provide a platform for lesser-known talents to showcase their literary works, from poetry to novels, both in-person and virtually.