Carey Wong: The World Transformed
April 2 - September 17, 2022 THE WORLD TRANSFORMED is an exhibit of 16 scenic designs and set models spanning the past four decades of theatrical designer Carey Wong’s career.  Designs featured include six shows with Asian or Asian-American settings as well as set models for designs he created for Portland Opera and Portland Center Stage in its inaugural season.  In addition to scale models of each production, the exhibit will include text panels explaining each design along with research images, original artwork, and production photographs to provide the viewer with an understanding of how scenic designs evolve from concept to realization.  Projected images and video clips from other productions designed by Carey Wong will be shown in an adjacent smaller gallery space.

The exhibit shows how a scenic designer not only transforms the everyday world into unique physical and psychological landscapes onstage, but also how those onstage environments can themselves be engineered to undergo a visual metamorphosis or transformation during the course of the performance that enhances a viewer’s understanding of the overarching theme or viewpoint of the dramatic work.

Carey is a native Portlander and was the exhibition designer for Beyond the Gate.

READ: Learn more about Carey Wong and The World Transformed in this recent article written by Amy Wang with photos by Beth Nakamura on Oregon Live/The Oregonian.

WATCH: Artist Talk with Carey Wong and actor and teaching artist Barbie Wu, recorded May 15, 2022 at the Portland Chinatown Museum.

IMAGES: Model for SLEEPING BEAUTY, Seattle Children's Theatre, 2005. Production photo from THE MISER, Portland Center Stage, 1989 (Duane Morris, photographer). Images courtesy of Carey Wong.