Past

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 25, 2022

Sharpen your skills with professional instructors and learn about the significance of chess in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries through specially-displayed artifacts from the Wende’s Historical Collection. Public free play chess stations will be made available throughout the Wende Garden. Chess players of all ability levels, from beginners to masters, are welcomed to attend.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 24, 2022

“Memory culture” (German Erinnerungskultur) is a central concept in current debates about the ways Germans remember, commemorate, and historicize the era of National Socialism and its aftermath. The term relates to the question whether Germany has largely accepted responsibility for and learned from its past crimes. From school education and memorials to art monuments, films and public discourses, the idea of an active and successful memory culture plays an important role in contemporary German discourses, for instance about a post-Berlin Wall united identity for Germany after 1989. While many international voices praise Germany’s self-reflexive commemoration of its national trauma, a new generation of German-Jewish artists and intellectuals raise an important point of critique: What if Germany’s culture of memory is merely a “theater of reconciliation”? Whom does this form of remembrance actually serve, and to what end?

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 18, 2022

Please join us for a screening on September 18, 2022, at 5 p.m. of The Confession, a 1970 production directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras with Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, based on a true story of one of the show trials in 1950s Czechoslovakia. The screening in the Wende Museum’s West Gallery is a collaboration between the Wende Museum, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, and the European Languages & Movies in America foundation. The screening will be preceded by a reception in the museum garden starting at 4 p.m.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
September 17, 2022

Join teaching artist Jenny Yurshansky in an engaging, all-ages workshop that facilitates the exploration of one's individual family narrative and encourages shared discussion amongst the participants, culminating in the creation of paper fortune tellers which visualize the way chance is embedded into the history of our family narratives.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 28, 2022

The Broad and the Wende have come together to present two performances by artists Renée Petropoulos (Analog Among Nations: 2022 / WB: Sewing Circle) and Yvonne Rainer (Trio A with Flags, 1970) that engage issues of identity, national symbolism, and globalization. In conjunction with The Broad and the Wende's respective exhibitions exploring the meanings and inferences of national flags, the first performance will take place at The Broad as part of their special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag on Saturday, August 27. On Sunday, August 28, the Wende will host the second performance underneath the flags of our current exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for the performance, which will include a reception prior to the event start as well as during intermission.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 28, 2022

The Wende Museum is calling for artistic flag design submissions as a part of the “Flag For Our Times” competition. Selected winners will have their flag design printed and displayed at the Wende Museum as a part of a temporary installation, with additional honorees to be spotlighted on the museum’s website and social media accounts. 

The Wende’s current exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners combines Cold War-era political, ornamental flags from communist countries with contemporary artworks offering critical reflections on the here and now. Historically, flags have had a wide variety of purposes: to symbolize communities, to define borders, and to protest. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 21, 2022

Authoritarian regimes have always fascinated photographer David Stork, who created a body of work starting in the late 1980s covering Romania, China, Central Asia, Russia, and Cuba. He shows societies in various stages of authoritarianism from a traveler’s point of view, ultimately creating a historical archive of a time and place as a reflection of a personal journey through life.

Stork was born in South Africa in 1963. Both his parents were actively involved in civil rights, cultural life, and improving the human condition, and Stork’s Dutch father was a diplomat, moving the family internationally. Upon graduating from university in Los Angeles, Stork moved to France to work in fashion photography but quickly shifted to street photography with a social focus, documenting authoritarian regimes in different stages. However, Stork always worked independently and quietly in the background, creating his own personal stories.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
August 7, 2022

Matthew Moore will discuss his recent photographic project Post-Socialist Landscapes, an eight-year exploration of monument removal and relocation in countries that were at one time occupied by the Soviet Union.

Matthew is an explorer of places, both real and imagined. His photographic process blends research and cartography to create bodies of work that investigate the way history and collective memory is influenced through interventions in the landscape. Past residencies include the Nida Art Colony in Nida, Lithuania and the Joshua Tree Highlands AIR program in Joshua Tree, California. Matthew is the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in 2015 and 2018. Matthew earned his MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 and a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 2000.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
July 31, 2022

In honor of the arrival of the Apollo 15 Moon Rock sample, the Wende Museum is hosting a Lunar Exploration Celebration event for Family Day in the Sculpture Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 12, 2022

Polish-American director and writer Hanna Sawka, Belarusian-American scholar, writer, and art critic Sasha Razor, and Ukrainian-American artist Molly Surazhsky will speak about the remarkable role of flags and banners in the contemporary art world of Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
June 3, 2022

Due to illness on the part of one of the musicians, this event has been cancelled.

Ivan Wyschnegradsky was a visionary Russian composer who spent his adult life in Paris, having graduated from law school the day before the Russian Revolution in 1917. The year before, he had a vision: “I saw the great light in full day,” and hence dedicated his life to “awakening in every man the slumbering forces of cosmic consciousness” with his music. Grammy-nominated pianists Vicki Ray & Aron Kallay team up with Steven Vanhauwaert, Sarah Gibson, and conductor Donald Crockett to perform the powerful piano quartets Cosmos op.28, Étude sur le carré magique sonore op.40, and selections from the duos 24 Préludes, concluding with the towering 25-minute masterwork Thus Spake Zarathustra op.17. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
May 29, 2022

Join us at the Wende on Sunday, May 29 for our creative 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. 

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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.

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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.