Past

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.

Forums
Wende Garden
February 24, 2022

Join us in the Wende Garden for an interview with John Pomfret, an award-winning journalist with the Washington Post. Pomfret was a foreign correspondent for twenty years and covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sri Lanka, and Iraq. His new book, From Warsaw With Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Making of an Unlikely Alliance will be the subject of his conversation with Joes Segal, the Wende’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming. 

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

Sound House (Everyone is Working) is a site-specific multidisciplinary durational performance conceived by composers John Eagle, Cassia Streb, and interdisciplinary artist Janie Geiser. Sound House is created in collaboration with an ensemble of puppeteers, video and lighting designers, musicians, and performers and is produced by Automata, a 501(c)3 non-profit performance gallery. 

Forums
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 29, 2022

Join us for an interview with John Emerson, an American diplomat, lawyer, and the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to 2017. He will be interviewed about his views on post-Cold War Germany by Joes Segal, the Wende’s Chief Curator and Director of Programming. Emerson will be joined in conversation by his wife, Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Board of Directors Human Rights Watch and Principle KME Consulting.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 23, 2022

The National Award Book Finalist and the Newbery Honoree, Eugene Yelchin, presents his memoir The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, followed by a performance reenacting a scene from the book against a reconstruction of the author’s room in the Soviet communal apartment.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
January 7, 2022

In response to the increased infection rates of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to transition this Friday evening's (January 7) Music at the Wende concert from an in person program to a virtual format.

The planned performance by the San Julian Consort will now be live-streamed via Zoom, beginning at 8 p.m. PST. There will be no in-person viewing options.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 19, 2021

Join us this Sunday for the final Family Day at the Wende of 2021. Printed creative sketching activity handouts will be made available at the front desk for young visitors to engage with the exhibitions as they explore.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
December 3, 2021

A program of experimental music from the United States and Eastern Europe will draw a connection between the near-miss nuclear apocalypse of the Cold War era and the present threat of environmental apocalypse. 

Films
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 21, 2021

Join the Wende Museum and USC Annenberg School of Journalism for a screening of the documentary film on GI resistance to the Vietnam War SirNo Sir! The program will include a discussion and Q&A with David Zeiger, the film’s director; William Short, U.S. Army combat veteran, photographer, and author of A Matter of Conscience; and John Kent, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and Vietnam combat veteran. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Kelly Kent, a two-term elected school board member in Culver City and faculty member in the clinical psychology graduate school at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Special Events
The Wende Museum at The Armory, Culver City, California
November 14, 2021

Please join us to celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions Questionable History and Soviet Jewish Life: Bill Aron and Yevgeniy Fiks with refreshments, programs, and tours of the exhibition!