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‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

The latest exhibit to hit the Brooklyn Museum is The Rise of Sneaker Culture. The exhibition will include about 150 pairs of sneakers from all eras, some dating all the way back to the 1860s. The exhibit runs from July 10 to October 4 so there’s plenty of time to head over there. WearTesters will have coverage of the exhibit in the coming weeks (if photos are allowed). Check out the information below from the Brooklyn Museum’s website.

Let me know in the comments if you plan on checking out the exhibit.

July 10–October 4, 2015

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor

From their modest origins in the mid-nineteenth century to high-end sneakers created in the past decade, sneakers have become a global obsession. 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.

The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneakers 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.

A fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by the AFA in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and Rizzoli, accompanies the exhibition.

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Converse from the late 1940s; Adidas from 2011; Dominion Rubber Company, circa 1925. Credit Converse and Adidas Photographs by Ron Wood, via American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum; Dominion Rubber Company Shoes by Hal Roth, via American Federation of Arts, via Bata Shoe Museum

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Noah Goldowitz
I love sneakers. Editor in Chief at Formerly: PR for StreetSmartNet, Editor at Complex network partner.

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Noah Goldowitz
I love sneakers. Editor in Chief at Formerly: PR for StreetSmartNet, Editor at Complex network partner.



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