The High Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, opens on June 10, 2016 and will showcase the evolution of sneaker culture. From the 19th century plimsoles (later called “sneakers”) to the explosion of the culture in the 1980’s and 90’s, the popularity of the sneaker took hold in not only sports but also in fashion and music.
From the Air Jordan I of the 1980’s to the modern day sneakers available from Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok, the exhibit will not only feature an impressive display of sneakers, visitors can also view design sketches, photos and film footage that detail the story of how these shoes became so important to urban culture. Visitors can expect to see exclusives from private collectors such as sneakerhead Bobbito Garcia, hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. And if you’re looking for more of a high end product to check out, they’ll even have designs on display from Prada and Christian Louboutin, as well as collaborative pieces by Kanye West and other well-known sneaker connoisseurs.
Here’s a taste of some of the designs you can expect to see at the exhibit (as well as a few of our favorites – how cute are the first ones!!)
The High Museum of Art’s Rise of Sneaker Culture
Like what you see? Find the evolution as fascinating as we do? The High Museum of Art will be hosting a launch party for the new exhibit, which promises to be an epically cool evening – complete with a well-known DJ spinning. If you’re interested in attending it will be Friday, June 10th from 7pm to 10pm, and you can find out all the details here.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit will be on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta from June 11, 2016 – August 14, 2016! Be sure to check it out while you’ll can!