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The Wende Museum of the Cold War Provides Discussion space for Community and Artists

Image is of a girl looking at a piece of art, facing the camera, with art out of focus in the background.The Wende Museum of the Cold War has been presenting a new series on how art and history shape our world since March entitled “Art—Past—Present.” Presentations by artists will be taking place this month.

The Wende Museum is located at 5741 Buckingham Parkway in Culver City. Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is excited for this new exhibition and is always thrilled with how Culver City Real Estate offers easy access to so many interesting and educational presentations.

According to Chief Curator Joes Segal, “In an era with so much polarization and so few facts, we offer a space for informed conversations.” The exhibit is especially timely considering the mounting tension between the U.S. and Russia.

One purpose of “Art—Past—Present” is to allow the community to connect with renowned artists whose work deals with history.   Next Tuesday June 6, Artist Ken Gonzales-Day and contemporary-art curator Brenda G. Williams will speak at 6 p.m.

Since the beginning of the series the presentation has featured many different artists, including Farrah Karapetian, Chris Wyrick, Katya Tylevich, and Bill Ferehawk. Ferehawk is currently working on a video installation about the Malta Conference, the symbolic end of the Cold War.

Segal goes on to say, “Public forums for discussion are essential, and we have an important role to play as an institution that can offer accurate historical perspective. Art and history illuminate and help us understand the realities confronting us.”

“The conversations at Art – Past – Present have been electric,” said the museum’s founder and executive director, Justinian Jampol.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Wende Museum is that it contains a unique collection of artifacts and personal histories from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. It has also had advanced scholarship about the period since 2002.

The “Art—Past—Present” presentation will be the last at the Wende’s current home on Buckingham Parkway. This fall the museum will move to the former National Guard Armory Building at 10808 Culver Blvd. The large Armory campus will help the Wende move to the next level by making it a community resource. Hopefully the museum will reopen in the Armory in November. There will be a gala celebration, a new exhibit, and a community open house at that time.

Martin Feinberg, realtor, reminds residents that the Museum is currently open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free. “Art—Past—Present” is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. For more information call 310-216-1600 or visit

Image is of three women sitting on a bench with their back to the camera, facing a giant art exhibit.