Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wende Museum of the Cold War Opens Nov. 19

The 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.
Scheduled for summer 2018 are shows on Cold War Hungary (co-organized with the Getty Research Institute) and Soviet hippies. Fall 2018 will see "The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscapes of the Cold War," an examination of propaganda and psychological warfare.

Below, three of Nathan Farb's irrepressible Russians.

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