In Part 2 of this edition of The Rundown, the Brooklyn Museum presents an exhibit highlighting the evolution sneakers from the mid-19th century to high-end sneakers in the last decade. The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibit to bring light into the complex social history + cultural significance of current footwear worn by billions around the globe. The exhibition displays 150 pairs of sneakers from major manufacturers, private collectors, special collabs with artists, film footage, interactive media, photos, and design drawings contextualizing sneakers while exploring the social history.
This portion of the exhibit was dope because of the choices they decided to highlight. The Air Zoom Huaraches circa 20014 [Kobe Bryant], the ACG Air Mowabb Trainers circa 1991, the Chlorophyll Air Trainer 1 circa 1987 [Bo Jackson] – all pillars in the sneaker culture. They even had Michael Johnson’s iconic metallic gold spikes from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. I remember being in the stands watching him win that medal.
The Air Jordan collection was nice. It highlighted a few of my favorites I have been waiting for years to retro, like the Tarheel Air Jordan IX’s and the Stealth Air Jordan XV’s.
They even featured a location to tell your sneaker story…
While I was there, I also stopped in to see the Brooklyn-based collab between artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller – FAILE – Savage / Sacred Young Minds. The exhibit shows the relationship to consumer culture, religious traditions, & the urban environment by merging boundaries across fine art, street art, & pop culture. Scout Life.
My sneaker of choice for the occasion – Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Volt”