Wednesday, June 10, 2009
More shoe exhibitions
Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-bration is a public art project and the son of a Haverhill shoe factory owner, celebrity shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, has donated $5,000 as a silver sponsor of the event. The money will help support the Shoe-la-bration public art installation being organized by the Soles of Haverhill Committee in conjunction with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. At least 10 fibreglass shoes, more than 5 feet tall and decorated by various artists, will be unveiled during the city's Independence Day celebration on July 3 at Haverhill Stadium. The Shoe-la-bration will continue throughout the summer, with the shoes displayed downtown through October. At the end of the installation, the shoes will be raffled, with proceeds benefiting local charities and future art projects. Just a reminder if you are in Manila pop into the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City and catch Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet (Portraits de Chaussures, Histoires de Pieds ) a travelling exhibit curated by Frenchman Yves Sabourin and brought to Manila by the Alliance Francaise de Manille and the French Embassy. The exhibition is described as a dialogue between the old and modern with museum pieces set alongside works by contemporary artists in the form of drawings, photographs, videos, and installations. The French half of the exhibit, “Portrait of Shoes,” showcases 62 pairs of shoes from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries from the collection of the Romans International Footwear Museum and renowned French fashion houses. This travelling shoe collection is curated by Yves Sabourin, The Pinoy half of the show, “Stepping in Pinoy Style,” is curated by Yuchengco Museum and features traditional Filipino footwear such as the venerable bakya and beaded cochos, some pieces from the Marikina Shoe Museum collection, and models by local designers Lila Almario, Cesar Gaupo, Emi Jorge, Brian Tenorio, Ann Pamintuan, Maco Custodio, Joanna Litton, and Kermit Tesoro. Sculptor Pete Jimenez makes use of scrap iron and turns them into works of art. His ongoing one-man show is called “If the Shoe Fits,” and is currently at the Water Dragon Gallery at Yuchengco Museum in Makati City. The artist combines scrap iron with wooden shoe lasts.