Sunday, June 24, 2018

THE WENDE MUSEUM AND THE COLD WAR

 
SOVIET YOUNGSTERS WERE HIPPIES, TOO!

This week's arts and culture column begins like this:

The Wende Museum in Culver City aims by use of the word to describe the “transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.”

Admission is free. The museum is open Wednesday and Thursday for school and university tours only, Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On offer are art, artifacts and history from the Eastern Bloc.

All is modern, sleek, clean, crisp.

Display boxes lining a side hall include “socialist realism” sculptures, diplomatic gifts, glassware and ceramics, and blocky Cold War radios and telephones that could have come straight from an episode of the ’60s spy-spoof TV series “Get Smart.”

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.


THE WENDE'S LOVELY GARDEN

4 comments:

  1. Heather, thanks for (my) intro to Father Ciszek. Breathtaking story of an extraordinary soul. Wow. Yes, contextualizing history can feel a little disorienting at times! Powerful words, as usual. Blessings XO

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  2. Good day Heather, sorry to make a comment unrelated to the post, but I just came across this artist, Thornton Dial, and reading his biography I immediately thought of you:

    http://www.soulsgrowndeep.org/artist/thornton-dial

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    1. Thanks so much, Paul, somehow Thornton Dial IS related...I had heard his name but am now looking at his life and art more closely. I so appreciate your bringing him to our attention. Souls grown deep for sure...

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    2. Mary Beth, bless you and thank you, and for your other comments as well. As I told my editor, I had a little trouble with the "good guys and bad guys" title they added to the piece. I didn't in any way mean to imply of course that "believers" are good guys and everyone else is a bad guy. Fr. Ciszek and the performance artist were asking the same basic question--how to live in a world of suffering, cruelty, oppression? They just came up with very different answers...I'm so glad you resonated with the connections made in the Fahrenheit 450 post as well. Our culture suffers desperately from a lack of imagination, of the treasury of stories that over thousands of years have held us together...to do away with or worse, voluntarily give up reading and books is toward death in a way that makes my heart heavy...however, I have sure as hell not given them up myself and as long as I still have a brain and a heart, I never will!

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