Friday, May 28, 2010

The Shoe Must Go On! Exhibition

The shoe exhibition called “The Shoe Must Go On!” is at the Morris Museum, Morristown,NJ, On show are more than 250 pairs of shoes and exhibition explores more than fifteen themes featuring footwear of distinguished individuals who shared a special connection to the state of New Jersey. The Art & Sole section celebrates the creativity of artists with shoe-inspired sculptures that include works by New Jersey artist Willie Cole, Black Patent Leather Venus with Scarification (1993); shoe artist Marina Dempster, Immune (2008); and mechanical sculptor Stephen Gerbo Gerberich, High Heel Factory (2010), an interactive sculpture created specifically for this exhibition. This section also recognizes the inventiveness of entrepreneur Lindsay Phillips, creator of New Jersey-based SwitchFlops, which was inspired by a high school art project she created. A survey of some of the twentieth-century’s most innovative shoe designers is featured in the exhibition, including I. Miller, Roger Vivier, Ferragamo, and Gucci. The “What’s Hot Now” section highlights the latest in high-fashion shoes featuring Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Stuart Weitzman and Giuseppe Zanotti among others. Lenders to this section include Nina Footwear and Bloomingdale’s. The exhibition was made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the F.M. Kirby Foundation and private donations.

When you visit the Morris Museum’s The Shoe Must Go On! exhibition, donate a pair of shoes and receive $1 off admission. All donations go to “CUMAC – Feeding People and Changing Lives” in Paterson, NJ.

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