Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Photographs of Cambodian and Vietnamese Culture to be Displayed

The photographic image, “Bayon, Cambodia 2010,” was taken by Paul J. Parks.


via CAAI


Paul J. Parks, who teaches courses in Asian art history at SUNY Cortland, will exhibit photographs focusing on the culture of Cambodia and Vietnam from Thursday, March 24 through Friday, May 6 at the Beard Gallery.

Titled “The Legacy of Angkor and Champa: Impressions of Cambodia and Vietnam,” the adjunct professor’s display is presented by SUNY Cortland’s Art and Art History Department, the Institute for Civic Engagement and the Cortland Downtown Partnership.

The gallery space is open to the public weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Main Street SUNY Cortland building, 9 Main St., Cortland.

An opening reception for Parks will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the gallery. The artist will lecture there on his work at 5:30 p.m.

Parks said he captured these images during a recent research trip for the purpose of investigating the arts and culture of Cambodia and Vietnam in their past and present manifestations.

“The images focus on the visual legacies of the Angkor Dynasty from 9th- to 15th-century Cambodia and the Champa Dynasty from 2nd- through 5th-century Vietnam,” Parks said.

Impressions of the people and practices of today’s Cambodian and Vietnamese cultures are reflected in additional photographs, he noted.

The exhibition is supported by the Academic Affairs Office, Art and Art History Department, Art Exhibition Association, Cortland Downtown Partnership, and the Institute for Civic Engagement.

The gallery is a collaborative effort of SUNY Cortland, the Cortland Downtown Partnership, and the Cultural Council of Cortland County.

For more information, contact the gallery at (607) 753-4270 or Parks via e-mail or by calling (607) 753-4798.

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