Brooklyn Museum: Rise of Sneaker Culture


Sneakers have been a part my life from the day I was born. From its origins to today, I’ve had a love affair with sneakers. On Dapper Guide we regularly feature shoes we love, are wearing or pray we can get.

On July 10th, Brooklyn Museum’s newest exhibit, Rise of Sneaker Culture will open. This exhibit takes an in-depth look at how sneakers have evolved. Starting in the mid-nineteenth century to now, sneakers have become an obsession. This exhibit is said to be the first exhibit that explores the social history and cultural significance of footwear. From its origins in functionality to its current role as a status symbol, this exhibit will cover from A-Z what is behind this culture. Included are works from Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Prada, Damien Hirst, Kehinde Wiley, Reebok and more, as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. There will be approximately 150 sneakers, film footage, interactive media, images, drawings and a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the AFA in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and Rizzoli.

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 with support and brought to Brooklym Museum from Macy’s.


Cost: $16 (Suggested Contribution)
Source: Brooklyn Museum

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