Brooklyn Museum Explores Sneaker Culture in Latest “Art On the Wall” Series

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As if sneaker culture was big enough here in LA, sneaker culture is magnified ten-fold out in New York City — so much so that Brooklyn Museum introduces “The Rise of Sneaker Culture,” the latest edition in their Art on the Wall series. The exhibit is the first to explore the rise of the footwear, its social history and the complex influence and grip it has on people from all across the world. The exhibit is said to showcase over 150 pairs of sneakers (obviously) from powerhouse manufacturers like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and New Balance, but also features a series of events that discuss how history, culture, technology and trends have played a a part in shaping sneaker culture as it is today. Hit the jump for a sneak peek at the exhibit and a full schedule of events surrounding the series.

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Art Off the Wall: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Throughout the Museum
The museum’s Thursday evening series continues with programs inspired by the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

6:30–9:30 p.m. Heeling Soles Sneaker Drive
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
This sneaker drive, hosted by Heeling Souls, will collect shoes to help people step up and out of poverty. Bring your gently worn or new sneakers.

6:30–8 p.m. Dance Performance
Plaza and Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Join in for a live dance battle featuring dancers from the local community.

6:30–9 p.m. Collaborative Mural: Stencil1
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Join in on the creation of a 16-foot-wide community mural. Presented in collaboration with Stencil1 stencils and our Shop.

7–8 p.m. Discussion: “Sole Sister Revolution”
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Join in a conversation honoring women sneaker collectors, designers, and media makers hosted by Obsessive Sneaker Disorder’s Sean Williams. Participants include:

-Susan Boyle, owner of RIME NYC Brooklyn Sneaker Boutique
-Sole De Vida, sneaker collector/consumer Featured by New Balance
-April Walker, owner and creator of the 1st Urban Fashion Brand Walker Wear
-Sophia Chang, New York born-and-bred illustrator and designer

7:30–9:30 p.m. Dance Party with I Love Vinyl
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
An all vinyl dance party inspired by the evolution of the sneaker, featuring classics from throughout the decades played by DJ collective I Love Vinyl.

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Nina Tabios

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