Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

The latest exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum is called Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and will open to the public on April 25, 2013. This is the first exhibition in North America to showcase the history of sneaker culture and features over 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years. Visitors to the Museum will see the historical beginnings of the sneaker from its emergence in the 19th century to becoming one of the most democratic forms of footwear in the 20th century to its current position as status symbol and icon of urban culture. Rare sneakers from the archives of adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, and loans from rap legends Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love and Dee Wells from OSD will be featured. The exhibition will also include the latest designs from fashion designers, including Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Lanvin and Prada, as well as exceptional limited editions. A particular highlight is the handpicked sneakers and sketches by Nike designers Tinker Hatfield, Tobie Hatfield, Mark Smith and Eric Avar. In addition to the lenders already noted, the Bata Shoe Museum's sneaker holdings are complemented by loans from individuals and organizations, including PONY, Ewing Athletics, Mache, Phillip Nutt, Thad Jayaseelan, Sheraz Amin, Christian Louboutin, Chad Jones, Matte Babel and contemporary artists Tom Sachs and Shantell Martin. The exhibition was designed by industrial designer Karim Rashid. Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will be on view until March 30, 2014.

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