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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The fifth program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about the meaning of truth and the status of facts in science. Members of our student council invite Soraya de Chadarevian, Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at UCLA, to discuss the margins of subjectivity and objectivity in the world of science.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, May 29, 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.

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, 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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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Nicknamed “The Wizard of Harlem,” Kent Washington made history by becoming the first American to play professional basketball behind the Iron Curtain. The Wende’s chief curator and director of programming Joes Segal will speak with him about his experiences and his recently published memoir Kentomania: A Black Basketball Virtuoso in Communist Poland.

Kent Washington attended the New Rochelle Public Schools while cultivating his basketball talent. His high school basketball accolades rewarded him with a four-year scholarship to Southampton College. A basketball tour with his college to communist Poland in 1976 provided a unique opportunity. In January 1979, Kent committed to play professionally in Poland, where he became the first Black American to play professional basketball behind the “Iron Curtain.” He played there for four and a half seasons, enduring the communist lifestyle while assimilating into Polish society.

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

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. 

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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, 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. 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The interview will focus on three important stages in the development of Ukrainian art: The Red (or Executed) Renaissance of the 1920s, the modernism movement of the 1960s, and the postmodernist Ukrainian New Wave.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

 

The sixth program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about the power of musicians in the quest for truth. 
Members of our student council invite Vijay Gupta, violinist, social activist, and recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Program “Genius Grant," to speak about music as a universal language and a tool of social change. 

 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - Sunday, March 12, 2023

Taking as its starting point ceramics from China’s porcelain capital of Jingdezhen, this exhibition explores the history and artistic production of the Cultural Revolution. It presents imagery from the period while investigating the circumstances of production, the relationship between art and ideology, and the agency of the artists working within restrictive frameworks. The exhibition also looks at the afterlife of the movement through contemporary art, wherein which Chinese artists have appropriated and adapted the iconic images from this period for their own use today.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - Sunday, March 12, 2023

Curated by Kathleen Reinhardt and first shown at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, this exhibition is a living homage to the history of Mail Art and visual poetry and a recognition of their ongoing resonance.