Panel

Under-the-Table Space: Artistic Expression in a Kommunalka at the Wende Museum

The 39th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Eugene Yelchin, award-winning Russian-American children’s book author, painter, and illustrator, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

start date

May 5, 2021 12:00 PM

location

Zoom Webier Hosted by The Wende Museum

ABOUT


Preserve, Inspire, Explore: The mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy. Named for the Wende (pronounced “venda”), a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Examining the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union can be fraught with political and personal bias, and the complex, often contradictory stories that underlie the Museum’s artifacts may provoke uncomfortable questions. The Museum’s location in Culver City, California, provides independence and critical distance from current political debates in Europe, and also facilitates the questioning of preconceived ideas about our past and present. Moreover, the Museum’s physical remoteness from Central and Eastern Europe has enabled it to attract significant artifacts and collections that might otherwise have been destroyed as a result of emotional and political reactions. - "Wende Museum"

THE EVENT

Under-the-Table Space: Artistic Expression in a Kommunalka - the 39th Cold War Spaces lunchtime talk with Eugene Yelchin, award-winning Russian-American children’s book author, painter, and illustrator, and Joes Segal, the Wende Museum's Chief Curator and Director of Programming.

In these times of pandemic-induced confinement, the Wende Museum presents a new series of interviews and mini-lectures reflecting on Cold War spaces. How does space impact the way we live and experience our environment? What did private space really mean under socialism? What was the function of public space between state planning and private appropriation? Who was sent to the secluded spaces of prisons, mental institutions, and gulags? What imaginary spaces were created by art, science fiction, and utopian dreaming? And how did all these spaces change after the fall of the Berlin Wall? This interview and lecture series will explore the many possible answers.

RSVP

Free on ZOOM

More events in

Los Angeles

No items found.
all EVENTS
all EVENTS