Student photography exhibition focuses on the role of food in Asian culture, October 18-28, 2015

The Palate of Asia: Food Culture from Across the Ocean is an exhibition of photographs by Vassar College students that celebrates the role food plays in Asian culture.

The exhibition is on view as part of the New York Council on Asian Studies’s annual conference, which will be held at Vassar this year. The show was put together via a call for entries and was curated by Vassar’s photography club, PHOCUS. Palate of Asia will be on view in the James W. Palmer Gallery of Main Building from October 18-28. Admission is free.

“There’s a wide range of subjects in the selected photos,” says Monica Church, associate director of the Palmer Gallery. “Since food is something people that naturally brings people together, I believe this show will have wide appeal.”

The themes represented in the photographs exhibited include food distribution (packaging design and transport), food production (food markets and chefs), and consumption (holiday meals, restaurants, and celebrations centering on food). There will be more than thirty photographs on view. Some photographs were taken in Asia while others depict adaptation of Asian food around the world.

The Palmer Gallery is located on the first floor of Main Building and is open 11am-6pm, Monday – Saturday.


Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins. 

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, October 6, 2015