Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Meet

February 3 – March 16, 2022

Robert Steele, (left to right) "Corrugated Curves VII", "Corrugated Curves I", "Corrugated Curves II", "Corrugated Curves V", Corrugated Cardboard 8"x3.5"x9.75", 9"x3.25"x8.5", 6.25"x3"x9.5", 10"x3"x11.5"

Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Meet features more than 70 shoes by 20 artists, selected from a larger collection of fantasy shoes commissioned by Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of the renowned shoe designer Stuart WeitzmanJane had a vision to create a gallery of fictional shoes for their Madison Avenue store windows and she traveled the world to find artists who could help her fulfill her dream. Cobbled together from a surprising array of materials and forms, blending traditional craftsmanship with the unexpected, these shoes exist as artistic one-offs. Totally unwearable and joyfully defiant of practical use and anatomy, they exist purely to delight the eye and the imagination.

Curators: Debra Fram and Barbara Richards

Douglas Wilson

Robert Tabor

Daniele Pollitz

Douglas Wilson, "Automata II", Wire, Acrylic Film, Stainless Steel, 4.5” H x 5.25” W x 10” L
Robert Tabor, "Spin Your Wheels", Acrylic, Fabric, Vinyl, Trim, Rhinestones, 7.75” H x 4.5” W x 10” L
Danielle Pollitz, "Branshusi I", Resin, 4.25” H x 3” W x 8.25” L

JoAnne Bedient

Linda Leviton

Sharon Von Senden

JoAnne Bedient, "Udderly Divine", Raku-Fired Clay, 5” H x 3” W x 7.5” L
Linda Leviton, "Flower Power", Coated and Bare Copper Wire, 8” H x 5.5” W x 9.75” L
Sharon Von Senden, "Jewels at Work", Stained Glass, Swarovski Crystals, Vintage Stones, 5.5” H x 4” W x 10” L

Drake Phillip Wesson

Ida Rak

Robert Steele

Drake Phillip Wesson, "Dynamic Duo" (only one shoe in the pair is on view), Low-Fired Ceramic, 8.5” H x 4” W x 6.75” L
Ida Rak, "Good Day Roseshine", Handmade Paper, Gouache, 12” H x 5” W x 10” L
Robert Steele, "Corrugated Curves VIII", Corrugated Cardboard, 11” H x 3.5” W x 8” L

Anthony Rosiello

Ann Johnson

Keith Winchester

Anthony Rosiello, "Tiny Trellis", Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper, Archival Glue, 4” H x 4.5” W x 12” L
Ann Johnson (AKA F.B.Fogg), "After a While", Albaca, Cotton Rag, Transient Dyes, 4” H x 4.5” W x 15” L
Keith Winchester, "Woven Wonder", Armature Wire, Silk, Resin, Beads, 9.5” H x 3” W x 8.25” L

Joan Klimo

Kevin Radu

Irene C. Reed

Joan Klimo, "Shoucan", Fabric, Mixed Media, 7.5” H x 4” W x 11” L
Kevin Radu, "Steel Reflections VI", Steel, 8” H x 6” W x 13” L
Irene C. Reed, "Sleeping Beauties", Crocheted Cotton, Metallic Thread, 7.75” H x 4” W x 9.5” L

Dante Taparelli

Nina Bentley

Robert Steele

Dante Taparelli, "Winged Victory", Wood, Metal, Found Artifacts, Lasts, 15” H x 5.5” W x 16” L
Nina Bentley, "A Woman’s Platform", Mixed Media, Found Objects, 12” H x 3.5” W x 9.5” L
Robert Steele, "Stairway to Heaven", Paper Collage on Shoe, 10.25” H x 3” W x 9” L

Tommaso Tastini

Dan Crowley

Joan McClutchy de Vidargas

Tommaso Tastini, "Fins and Scales", Plexiglas, 6” H x 3” W x 15” L
Dan Crowley, "Frankenstein", Polymer Clay, Paint, 5” H x 4” W x 9.75” L
Joan McClutchy De Vidargas, "By Any Other Name", Bronze, 9” H x 3” W x 15” L
ARTIST VIDEOS

Thursday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm, Flinn Gallery
Opening Reception

Saturday, February 26, 2 – 3 pm, Berkley Theater
Shoes: In Conversation with Jane Gershon Weitzman and Christina Chiu

If you missed our talk Shoes: In Conversation with Jane Gershon Weitzman and Christina Chiu, you can view a video recording here.

Registration for this program is through the Library. Click here to learn more and reserve your space. All attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination (in the form of their CDC Vaccination Card or a photo or photocopy of the Card) or a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours of the event. No one will be admitted without this documentation. Please note that all attendees will be required to wear face masks at all times (regardless of vaccination status).

Installation view of "Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Meet"