Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes
June 13, 2020 to September 13, 2020
On view at the Paine Art Center and Gardens June 13—September 13, 2020, Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights 100 pairs of shoes from iconic designer Stuart Weitzman's extensive private collection, assembled over three decades with his wife Jane Gershon Weitzman.
Explore how shoes have transcended their utilitarian purpose to become representations of culture—coveted as objects of desire, designed with artistic consideration, and expressing complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration for women and men alike.
Walk This Way considers the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production. It explores larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as producers, consumers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
As Stuart Weitzman himself expresses in the exhibition catalogue, shoes “tell an almost infinite number of stories. Stories of conformity and independence, culture and class, politics and performance.”
The exhibition is organized by the New-York Historical Society.