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The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, August 23, 2019

Enjoy drinks and light refreshments in the Wende Sculpture Garden, plus a spotlight talk by the Wende Museum's Visitor Engagement Education & Volunteer Lead Henry Laurence.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Author and cultural historian Robeson Taj Frazier will discuss the role that different forms of media played in Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to represent themselves as allies of African independence and liberation movements. For China and Yugoslavia, and their respective leaders, media and representation were key tools in fostering an image of their governments as central agents in advancing a global anticolonial wave that would change the world for the better. Furthermore, such representation aided them in nationalizing and domesticating their own citizenries. In his discussion of this history, Dr. Frazier will incorporate a variety of media and artistic examples to highlight the importance that representation and culture played -- particularly depictions of Africa—in both Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to circulate particular narratives of nonalignment and anticolonial solidarity.  

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Wende's August Family Day, presented in conjunction with curatorial consultant Robeson Taj Frazier, will explore the power of images. Dr. Frazier will offer a special talk for kids on how and why images have the power to influence us, which will inspire a poster-making activity in the garden. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, September 13, 2019

What was on view on television in socialist Eastern Europe? Which programs attracted the highest viewer ratings? How did socialist television programs differ from – or perhaps resemble – their Western equivalents? And what do they tell us about everyday life on the other side of the Iron Curtain?

Join us for a fascinating journey through socialist-era television with leading experts on socialist television history – Christine Evans (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Aniko Imre (USC, Los Angeles), and Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK). The event will feature clips from a range of entertainment, fictional, and educational programs broadcast in socialist Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hanns Eisler settled in the United States in 1938 after fleeing National Socialism. In the late 1940s, he was interrogated by HUAC and blacklisted. Described as “the Karl Marx of music,” Eisler left the United States in 1948, and eventually settled in East Germany, where he composed the national anthem for the GDR. Hollywood Elegies, a program of compositions by Hanns Eisler presented by Long Beach Opera, reflects on one of the most divisive periods of the Cold War. 

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, November 15, 2019

The Polyphony Quartet is composed of Arab and Jewish musicians from Israel whose work aims to promote cultural exchange and understanding through music. They will perform pieces representing Israel’s diverse communities as well as a composition by Dmitri Shostakovich, whose works transcended the political division of the Cold War.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, December 6, 2019

Inna Faliks, a renowned pianist and the head of UCLA's piano department, presents a program that explores, through music, 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 Satan's Ball, and The Master and Margarita suite for piano by Vera Ivanova. Both Faliks and Ivanova grew up in the Soviet Union. The premieres also reflect on a painting by Stanislav Molodykh in the Wende Museum’s collection that references the famous Soviet novel. The program will also include Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor, an epic Faustian work.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Friday, February 7, 2020

wasteLAnd presents music driven by collective action and creation, both in the act of composition and in community-based realization. The program features world premieres by Richard Barrett and Nicholas Deyoe in addition to radical works by Raven Chacon, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Sarah Reid, and Wilfrido Terrazas. These works explore degrees of improvisation, highlighting the necessity of communal action and negotiation in these collective creations while also reflecting on grassroots political collectivism. 

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

Dog Star Orchestra is an ensemble and a once-a-year festival of experimental music, started in 2005 by composer Michael Pisaro as a way of playing recent experimental music by young composers and classic pieces from the experimental tradition. Described as “messily exceptional” by the Los Angeles Times, Dog Star events happen throughout the Los Angeles area and often feature offbeat performances in out-of-the-way places, alongside more traditional concert settings. Dog Star Orchestra is one of the main presenters fostering and documenting the strong local experimental music scene, as well as presenting work that would otherwise not be heard in the U.S.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Sunday, 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 pairs countercultural women artists from Cold War-era Eastern Europe with contemporary subversive women and non-binary artists from Southern California. Organized in collaboration with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, and guest curator Susanne Altmann. 

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Sunday, October 25, 2020

The series of (mostly) peaceful revolutions that took down the Berlin Wall effectively ended state socialism in Eastern Europe, and brought not just a political but also a material transformation. Countless people who lived through socialism discarded the household and consumer items they had lived with and loved or hated for many years, as they finally had access to higher-standard goods. This exhibition presents the metamorphosis of household and consumer goods from objects of everyday life to items in a museum collection, by way of flea markets, and invites contemporary artists to position them in the here and now.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Sunday, October 25, 2020

Proving that photography is no more “objective” than any other medium, two photographers with the same mission offer very different views of East Germany. Through reports published by Stern, unpublished photographs, and documents and photos from the Stasi archives (both photographers were closely monitored by the East German secret police), this exhibition highlights Thomas Höpker and Harald Schmitt’s very different approaches to East German life, culture, and society.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

With their colorful surfaces and clear-cut symbols and images, flags and banners are effective carriers of unambiguous messages. At parades, party conventions, and demonstrations they convey a sense of political purpose and group identity. In the communist countries, flags symbolically represented the various organizations, institutions, and collectives that were considered the pillars of society. However, flags and banners can take on other, countercultural meanings as well. In the late 1980s, political dissidents cut out the socialist symbols at the center of the East German, Hungarian, and Romanian national flags. In this exhibition, the Wende Museum’s unique collection of Soviet Bloc flags will be paired with contemporary artwork, showcasing a wide range of uses for this medium.

Exhibitions
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, November 15, 2020 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

In the fall of 1981, Bill Aron, the “Dean” of American Jewish photographers, visited the cities of Leningrad, Minsk, and Moscow. In each city, Aron photographed the local synagogue – which served as the common ground for Soviet Jews who were trying to hold on to, or regain, their religious heritage – as well as Jews who wished to leave the country, the so-called refuseniks. He also made striking portraits of the Soviet Jewish population at home and in public life. Aron’s photos will be paired with artist Yevgeniy’s Fiks’s images and artifacts from Birobidzhan, the Jewish autonomous region in the Soviet Union near the border with China.