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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories

"The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories," is an exhibition of shoe-inspired art at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton Art Center, Massachusetts. The town used to be a major leader in the world shoe industry. About a century ago, more than 100 factories were running. A small historic display, put together with the help of the Brockton Shoe Museum, anchors "The Perfect Fit." A workman's bench, shoe lasts borrowed from FootJoy Shoe (one of Brockton's last shoe manufacturers), and Brockton boxer Rocky Marciano's fighting shoes pay tribute to the craftsmanship and hard work that went into making shoes in city. Among the other exhibs is "The Pursuit of Happiness," an ensemble of hundreds of tiny origami slippers in brilliant tones by Marguerite Belkin. Judy Haberl's sweet "Baby Opera" has 416 bronzed baby shoes arrayed like a classical choir; they look like little faces with earnest open mouths (a sound element was not in place when I visited). Michael Boroniec's mournful "Message" features a dove, covered in newspaper headlines, perching on a ceramic cast of boots belonging to a soldier friend.

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