Dinner Party Politics: Food Culture in the Eastern Bloc

The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
April 9 - June 30, 2017

He Who Doesn't Work, Doesn't Eat

Aleksandr Petrovich Utkin
He Who Doesn't Work, Doesn't Eat, 1990
Tempera on fiberboard, 35 1/2 x 23 5/8"

Food is a powerful medium that can carry both personal and political meaning. We have strong emotional connections to the things we eat, which are tied to memory, heritage, and tradition. Food also plays a part in constructing national identities and expressing societal values. Through a survey of fine art, posters, menus, and films, Dinner Party Politics: Food Culture in Eastern Bloc Countries examines the ideological goals, gender roles, and individual desires expressed by the production and consumption of food in socialist countries during the Cold War.