The Toledo Museum of Art is hosting a travelling exhibition entitled “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” from Dec.3-Feb. 28, 2016. The free exhibit, created by the American Federation of the Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, in Toronto, Canada, is the first of its kind to appear in the U.S. It explores the athletic shoe, from its origins in the mid-1800s to its current place in high fashion, while presenting a comprehensive survey of the sneaker’s complex design, history, and immense cultural significance. Approximately 160 sneakers will be on display, along with film footage, photos, and drawings from the design process, all on loan from museums, manufacturer archives, and private collectors.
“Since the 19th century sneakers have been intimately linked to expressions of status as well as gender,” says Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, and exhibit curator. You’ll never look at your dingy old Reeboks the same way. Museum hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday and Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12-5pm. -KT
For more information, visit toledomuseum.org/exhibitions/the-rise-of-sneaker-culture/
or call the museum at 419-255-8000