Wende Museum of the Cold War will open in its new home, Culver City's former National Guard Armory, with public celebrations the weekend of Nov. 18-19, 2017. The debut exhibitions are "Cold War Spaces," drawing on the 100,000-piece collection of artifacts, ephemera, and art; a showing of Nathan Farb's photo-essay project Russians (1977); and Vessels of Change, a newly commissioned installation by David Hartwell and Bill Frerehawk. The inaugural shows run Nov. 19, 2017–Apr. 29, 2018. (The cigarette-smoking Communist robot is a 1970 poster, I Am Walking on the Moon! by Veniamin Markovich Briskin and Valentin Viktorov, to be featured in "Cold War Spaces.")
Christian Kienapfel of L.A./Stuttgart-based PARAVANT Architects designed the renovation of the 1949 Armory, itself a Cold War relic. The building offers 13,000 square feet (exhibition and storage space) on a one-acre campus. The expanded Wende remains free and will be open Wednesday through Sunday.
Below, three of Nathan Farb's irrepressible Russians.