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In collaboration with The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War\, the Craft and Folk Art Museum will present Deconstructing Perestroika\, the first major exhibition in the United States of hand-painted Soviet-era political posters that were inspired by a new government policy of transpa rency in the former Soviet Union. Organized to mark the 20th anniversary of the former super power’s demise in December 1991\, this exhibition highlig hts some of the key political and cultural shifts that defined the era and ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Curated by Dr. Ljiljana Grubisic\, Director of Collections and Public Programs at The Wende Museum\ , the  exhibition will showcase thirty original\, hand-painted poster desig ns created by thirteen artists as visual responses to Mikhail Gorbachev’s t ransformative policies of Glasnost and Perestroika of the late 1980s and ea rly 1990s.

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Starting in 1985\, Gorbachev’s policies of Glasnost\, or open ness\, started to liberalize Soviet society by allowing taboos to be questi oned and\, in the process\, galvanizing people and encouraging them to talk and think freely for the first time. During this period\, East-West hostil ities started to evaporate and dissidents began to return from labor camps and exile. Gorbachev’s parallel attempts to reform the economy through Pere stroika\, or re-structuring\, perished like all other previous attempts.

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Deconstructing Perestroika illustrates the tradition of hand-painted poste r design\, known in Russian as avtorskii plakat. This art form can be viewe d as an outgrowth of the traditional Soviet agitprop. The thirty works of a rt are unified thematically by a caustic satire that was made possible by G lasnost’s very insistence on freedom of speech. Yet this razor sharp critiq ue also stems from the deeply rooted tendency of the Russian psyche to view political and cultural endeavors through the prism of irony in order to su bvert\, reject\, or give new meaning to an official ideology or previous wo rk of art.

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There will be an opening reception at CAFAM for Deconstru cting Perestroika on Saturday\, January 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Public programs:

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Public programs are being organized in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Along with a curator-led exhibition walk-through a nd adult and family workshops\, there may be film screenings and additional gallery talks.

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Exhibition Walk-Through with Dr. Ljiljana Grubisic

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Su nday\, March 18 — 3 p.m.

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The Wen de Museum was founded by Dr. Justinian Jampol in 2002 with a mission to pre serve the  ultural artifacts and personal histories of Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. It is a hybrid organization\, simultaneously an archive of material and visual culture and educational institution\, fus ing interdisciplinary scholarship with its programs.

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The Museum is indep endent and facilitates open access to its collection\, providing a forum fo r exploration and engagement\, and encouraging diverse interpretations from multiple perspectives.

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For more information\, visit www.wendemuseum.org .

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) champions cultural understanding by presenting exhibitions and programs that bridge local and global cultur es\, and inspire a sense of inquiry and creativity within all people. Locat ed on Los Angeles’ historic Miracle Mile\, it is the city’s only institutio n exclusively dedicated to celebrating craft and folk art. CAFAM works to r ecognize emerging artists and make art accessible to all audiences\, servin g as a forum in which art can be presented and described by the artists and communities who create it. All exhibitions and public programs are develop ed in close collaboration with community cultural groups to ensure authenti c expression.

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In addition to the exhibitions on view\, CAFAM hosts the S hop@CAFAM\, an on-site and online shopping experience that purveys fair-tra de art and handicrafts from local and global artists and artisans who are r ooted in both traditional and contemporary craft.

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For current program an d exhibition information call 323-937-4230 or visit www.cafam.org.\n

This exhibition is sponsored in part by The Antoni a and Vladimir Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund.

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