A 16-year-old art world progeny with well-placed parents spearheaded “Stepping Up for Art” a fund-raising exhibition for arts programs in NYC schools.
India Wolf collaborated with Gagosian Gallery, on Madison Avenue, and Charlotte Olympia, a non-profit organization, to enlist twenty contemporary artists to customize Olympia’s iconic “Dolly” platform heel shoes. Each artist put their own stylish stamp on the shoes.
Studio in a School, which brings visual arts to under-funded New York City public schools, also invited children from their partnering schools to put their own spin on the shoes.
To see ten examples from the exhibit, go to:
The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is a cultural gem in a shoe-box-like structure designed by famed architect Raymond Moriyama. Boasting a collection of 13,000 shoes and related artifacts, the museum has four galleries, with displays ranging from Chinese bound-foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glam platforms.
The current special exhibit “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” explores the history of the sneaker with some 120 running shoes from the past 150 years. On view are some of the rarest sneakers from the archives of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and England’s Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, with the largest collection of historical footwear in the world. On loan are shoes from rap music legends Run DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love and Dee Wells from OSD (Obsessive Sneaker Disorder).
Now termed a “status symbol and icon of urban culture,” the historical beginnings of the sneaker are shown from its emergence in the 19th century to becoming “one of the most democratic forms of footwear” in the 20th century.
One way to learn how to balance and walk in your high heels is to take a “Stiletto Workout Class”. No guff. In three-inch heels, you tighten your tummy, do kicks and squats, lift weights and perform ballet moves. Nicole Demaris started these classes after observing women wobble all over New York City streets.
As the New York Times writer Hilary Howard’s husband balked, “You’re going to a stiletto class? That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.” But off to this workout class she went, right after she bought her first pair of very high heels! She claims she wasn’t sure what stilettos were, wondering if they were “those spindly things worn by fancy women who disappear rapidly into taxis?”
A stiletto workout? After her first and last class, Hilary said, “It can be done”. Check out studios around New York City. (ndgfit.com)
The traditional rite of passage for Latinas is at age fifteen. Quinceañera, celebrated with a Catholic Mass and a fiesta, includes rituals symbolic of entry into responsible adulthood. The community watches as the girl’s father kneels at her feet and exchanges her flat shoes for high heels. Everyone treats her as an adult from then on.