Events | Student Council on "Democracy and Vulnerability" – mit Catherine Opie

Online | 29. Mai 2024

Online Interview | 16 Uhr (PT)

Das Wende Museum, dublab radio, und das Thomas Mann House laden Sie ein zur Mai Folge unserer monatlichen Interviewreihe zum Thema „Democracy & Vulnerability.“ Wie sollte eine Demokratie mit ihren eigenen Schwachstellen umgehen? Wie müssen sich Demokratien entwickeln, um erfolgreich mit den weltweit zunehmenden ökologischen Krisen, geopolitischen Spannungen, wirtschaftlichen Ungleichheiten und Kulturkriegen umzugehen? Wie viel Verwundbarkeit kann eine Demokratie ertragen? Der Gast für das Mai-Programm ist Künstlerin Catherine Opie.

*Diese Veranstaltung findet auf englischer Sprache statt*

The Student Council consists of a team of highly engaged, talented, and diverse undergraduate and graduate students who invite prominent guest speakers to discuss topics relating to society, politics, culture, and art. In conversation with academics, journalists, politicians, and artists, the students will explore the various threats to democratic institutions and principles worldwide, as well as strategies to potentially overcome these threats.  

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May Speaker

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The guest speaker for our May program, Catherine Opie, is an American fine-art photographer and educator. Opie studies the connections between mainstream and marginalized society. Merging conceptual and documentary styles, she creates pieces relating to sexual identity; to the relationship between the individual and the space they inhabit; and to the tensions between the constructed American dream and the diverse realities of its citizens. Opie has had numerous solo shows, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2006); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Melbourne International Biennial, and SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2006).

Watch our April interview with Allison Lee, Managing Director at PEN America Los Angeles

You can watch previous episodes on YouTube, listen to the recordings on dublab radio, or read our students' recap on the Thomas Mann House blog.


Meet our 2024 Student Council

Sara Abrahamsson is a fourth-year student at UCLA studying Art History and French. As a culmination of her artistic and academic interest in political graphics, Sara is currently writing her senior thesis paper on the internationalist poster art of post-revolutionary Cuba. Upon graduating, she plans to continue working in museums before pursuing graduate studies in Art History or Art Conservation.

Amy Cabrales is a First-Generation fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA, studying Sociology and the Russian Language. She is a Mexican-American, Los Angeles native born in Lynwood, California. Her career interests include cross-cultural education via museum work or language instruction and immigrant resettlement, while her academic interests include immigrant integration and self-identity across immigrant generations. She is anticipating returning to Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2024-25 academic year to inform these interests and advance her Russian proficiency.

Elsa Coony is a fourth-year student at the University of California, Los Angeles double majoring in Global Studies and German. She has previously worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as both a docent and translator and is excited to join this year's council. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in international development.

Biruke Dix is currently a 2nd year student at UCLA studying Applied Mathematics. He joined the Wende Student Council in 2024 and is deeply invested in the ever-changing properties of art as well as social habits. He hopes that he can create language and conversation that promotes the spread of cultural shifts and social justice.

Matthew Jones is a third-year PhD student in Claremont Graduate University’s Cultural Studies and Museum Studies program. His research currently explores how sites connected to authoritarian regimes function as pilgrimage destinations and what strategies states and institutions employ to reduce extremist attachment at these sites. He is thrilled to continue his training with the Wende Museum through this collaboration with the Thomas Mann House.

Emma Larson is a master's student at Columbia University's Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies. There, she focuses on the gender, social, and political history of Central Asia. Before starting at Columbia, Emma taught English in Kazakhstan with the Fulbright Program. She graduated from Williams College with degrees in History and Russian in 2021.

Zora Nelson is a current undergraduate student at New York University,  where she is studying Harp Performance and Media, Culture, and Communication.  As an east coaster born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she discovered the Wende Museum in the summer of 2022 and is honored to be a part of the council. With a passion for writing, Zora sees a future in storytelling to promote social justice.

Lexi Tooley is a current sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Political Science and Art History, minoring in Chinese Language and Culture. She is originally from Los Angeles, California, and attended the Archer School for Girls. Lexi has been working with the Wende Museum for the past 2 years. She looks forward to continuing the search for truth and examining the vulnerability of democracy through this program!

The event series is a collaboration with the Wende Museum Culver City, dublab and the Thomas Mann House Los Angeles.