At the Flinn Gallery: Just Shoes – Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Collide

What is it about the shoe that captures the imagination so much?

From February 3 to March 16, 2022, the Flinn Gallery presents Just Shoes: Where art, craftsmanship and fantasy collidean exhibition featuring more than 70 shoes from 20 artists.

A vernissage will take place on Thursday, February 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Curators Debra Fram and Barbara Richards selected the works on display from a larger collection of novelty footwear commissioned by Jane Gershon Weitzman, founding vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. Wife of the famous shoe designer, Jane had a vision to create a fictional shoe gallery for the windows of their Madison Avenue stores. She traveled the world to find artists who could help her achieve her dream. In total, over a period of 12 years, more than 1,000 shoes were created.

Robert Steele, Wavy curves 1 and V111

Constructed from a surprising array of materials and shapes, combining traditional craftsmanship with the unexpected, these shoes exist as artistic one-offs, cobbled together from cut and glued paper, plexiglass, bronze, ceramic , wire, found objects, fabric, steel, rhinestones and more. On display are the fanciful and the architectural, the lavishly decorated and the extravagant camp. Some designs are abstract and others figurative, referring to popular culture, the animal kingdom and nature. Pure invention takes these shoes away from the utilitarian realm they are usually associated with. Here, form owes nothing to function.

Notable artists whose innovative creations are on display include: Ann Johnson, two of whose sculptures have been exhibited in the East Wing of the White House; Kevin Radu, who created a 911 memorial for Chrysler’s Detroit headquarters; Sharon von Senden, who designed and constructed over 20,000 square feet of mosaics with nearly 5 million pieces of glass for the City Museum of St. Louis; Danielle Pollitz, in charge of sculpting the angel of hope award given to President Bill Clinton; and Joan Klimo, who designed shoes for Christian Dior.

Totally unportable and happily defying practical use and anatomy, these fantastical creations exist solely for the pleasure of the eye and the imagination. They are sure to delight viewers of all ages, fashionistas and art lovers.

The Flinn Gallery, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library, is located on the second floor of the main library branch at 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich. The gallery is open every day from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Robert Tabor, Spin your wheels

Special Event at the Berkley Theater at the Greenwich Library

Shoes: conversation with Jane Gershon Weitzman and Christina Chiu

Saturday February 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Click here to register through the Greenwich Library. Masks and proof of full vaccination required.

The Greenwich Library and Flinn Gallery bring Jane Gershon Weitzman to the Berkley Theater, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

As former Executive Vice President and Founding Vice President of Stuart Weitzman Retail, Jane inspired Flinn Gallery’s current exhibition. Just Shoes: where art, craftsmanship and fantasy collide.

Jane will share stories about her partnership with her husband, famed shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and how they built their business together. She will also discuss her long-standing project of finding artists to create novelty shoes for their flagship store’s showcase gallery.

Interviewer Christina Chiu is an award-winning writer and the author of Beauty, where the main protagonist is an avid shoe fanatic.

For more information, please call the Gallery: 203-622-7947

Exposure :

Douglas Wilson, Automatons 11

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