Around the Table, Stage Three: Talk Around the Table

  • An logo in black and gray, with "event" in a fushia hue. The text below reads live Instagram slideshows for events.
  • A woman in her late teens to early 20s photographed in black and white, showing a plant, still in punnet, to the viewer. She is smiling with her teeth and dimples showing and giving a 'thumbs up' gesture towards the viewer.

    [ Around the Table ]

    The San Jose Museum of Art connects art and life, and one area of life everyone can relate to is food. In Talk Around the Table, the third stage of the ambitious exhibition series “Around the Table,” SJMA invites you to share your ideas about food. In this interactive gallery, you’ll find hands-on activities, documentary film and audio, and more:

    Recipe Stories
    What food reminds you of home? What food do you bring to friends in times of need? Share the story behind your favorite gallery. Submit your recipe stories in the gallery or online at

    Use Your Noodle
    Explore food facts and food lies. Learn about healthy eating and food choices. Discuss the sometimes controversial issues surrounding food today.

    Hidden Kitchens
    Hear the unexpected stories about below-the-radar cooking, legendary meals, and eating traditions from NPR’s Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (aka the Kitchen Sisters). 

    Savory Selfies
    Are you a vegetarian? Omnivore? Chocaholic? Show off your food personality at the photo booth. Your selfies will appear in the galleries thanks to a generous in-kind donation from Evetstagram. Says Eventstagram’s Russ Garcia: “We believe in the power of technology to unite people and share ideas toward a more sustainable and globally-conscious world. Eventstagram is honored to partner with the San Jose Museum of Art to encourage the community to discuss and share their #AroundTheTableSJ experience.”


    Rene Yung Site-specific Installation
    Rene Yung’s Give us This Day Our Daily Bread commemorates San Jose’s early Chinese immigrants and uncovers the little known history of the Market Street Chinatown, founded in the 1860s. Her installation features four components: a historical rice bowl excavated from the former Chinatown site on Market Street, just south of the San Jose Museum of Art; a historical image of Chinatown burning; a large charcoal drawing of a rice bowl given to the artist’s parents on their wedding day; and a Buddhist-inspired prayer board for community reflection on the role of rice. Through her installation, Yung asks visitors to reflect on the meaning of sustenance and the act of partaking in one’s daily bread. The installation is a continuation of Yung’s involvement with the Market Street Chinatown Archaeological Project, a community-based research and education collaboration among Stanford University, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, History San Jose, and Environmental Science Associates