Harmonious Spaces: Wei Dong and Feng Shui Culture

September 18 – November 15, 2015

Uniquely and artfully designed by Wei Dong, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Interior Architecture, Harmonious Spaces is an experiential exhibition that immerses visitors in a multi-sensory, spatial experience of feng shui. Directed paths of travel incorporate material, forms, sounds and colors that engage the senses and enhance understanding of the principles of feng shui. A series of Professor Dong’s paintings inspired by these principles is also on display in the gallery.



Special Events

Opening Reception

Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 3-5:30 pm

2:30-3:30 & 4:30-5:30 | HLATC Classroom Textile Display Open for Harmonious Spaces Reception In conjunction with the opening celebration of Harmonious Spaces: Wei Dong and Feng Shui Culture, a selection of historical Chinese garments and textiles will be on display to the public in the HLATC classroom. 

3:00- 4:00 | The Art and Cosmology of Feng Shui: A Conversation Featuring UW-Madison faculty and staff Dr. Wei Dong (Interior Architect, Design Studies), Dr. Joe Dennis (Historian, Ming Dynasty China), Dr. Terry Boyd (Architectural Historian), and Dr. Sherry Harlacher (Asian Art Historian and Director, School of Human Ecology’s Center for Textiles and Design).

4:00-4:25 | Chinese Traditional Dance Performance

4:25-5:30 | Reception Catering by Grand China Restaurant

Open Gallery Night

Friday, October 2, 2015 | 5-9 pm

This immersive, multisensory experience allows visitors to gain deeper appreciation for feng shui. In celebration of Harmonious Spaces: Wei Dong and Feng Shui Culture, this event will include a painting demonstration from 7-7:30.

Traditional Chinese Brush Painting: A Hands-On Lesson and Demonstration for Children and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, October 9, 2015  | 3-5 pm

Join UW Design Studies Graduate students in exploring traditional Chinese brush painting, a hands-on lesson and demonstration for children and the young-at-heart. Current open lessons start 4:00 and 4:30. RSVP required.


About Design Gallery

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery holds exhibitions that relate to the processes and results of design. Together we encourage research, education and outreach by bringing together the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Design Gallery and Ruth Ketterer Harris Library, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs in Design Studies. We are located in the new Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology.

Completed in June 2012, the LEED-certified Nancy Nicholas Hall supports the School’s mission to improve the quality of human life, through its education, research, creative endeavors, outreach and engagement. This technology-rich environment facilitates webinars, video conferencing, and interactive learning. Its accessibility, café, roof terrace, and other comfortable community spaces welcome visitors and promote interactions among faculty, staff, students, and visitors. An enlarged, climate-controlled Design Gallery and Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection enhance the visibility of creative works from both students and professional artists.

Support Us

All Design Gallery events and exhibitions are free and open to the public, thanks in part to the generous support from the Anonymous Fund. Support our programming through a gift to the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

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