Happy Hour at the Wende — is centered around midcentury Soviet foodie culture. In this spirit, the Wende offers a free-ranging lecture on alcohol consumption as depicted in its holdings and in art history, generally with suitably thematic adult beverages. And while you're there, be sure to check out the exhibits closing on Aug. 26.
The Wende Museum of the Cold War is a unique institution, founded to collect and preserve objects and images of Soviet society. It does this through not only fine art but also graphics and printed matter that outline the contours of the era's aesthetic, and the ways in which political and social messages were crafted, disseminated and subverted. But the Wende is more omnivorous in its collecting habits, with a trove of design objects from the industrial to the domestic, commercial to commemorative: artifacts of daily life that augment the high culture wars with insightful texture. One of its most popular exhibitions —