Exhibit: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

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Don't miss “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art starting July 10 and running through October 4.


Via the Bata Shoe Museum site

The Riseof Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world.

According to the Brooklyn Museum:

"The exhibit will include approximately 150 pair of sneakers and looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginning to its current role as status symbol and urban icon."

Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Reebok are some of the brands included in the archives. Private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia and Dee Wels of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder will also be featured.

Other featured sneakers are by Prada and other major fashion design houses and designers, as well as those made in collaboration with artists including Damien Hirst and Kehinde Wiley. Film footage, interactive media, photographic images, and design drawings contextualize the sneakers and explore the social history, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. It is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum.

The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway, Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.