The Perfect Fit-Shoes Tell Stories, is on exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton through January 3, 2010. The Perfect Fit-Shoes Tell Stories "explores the cultural meanings of shoes, presenting imaginative and provocative objects of every size and craft medium."
"In this show, shoes express more than their role as footwear; they contain multiple meanings that speak to issues of gender, sexuality, race and class. Fuller Craft Museum also treasures its place as a member of the Brockton community, and is thrilled to be able to celebrate the city’s rich shoe manufacturing history by creating an exhibition that places shoes in a cultural context. Brockton was the largest U.S. producer of shoes during the Civil War and had a large and vibrant shoe industry until the mid-20th century."
“This exhibition lies at the intersection of several important pieces of Fuller Craft’s identity and mission,” said Museum Director and Chief Curator Gretchen Keyworth. “Brockton has a storied and bittersweet history with shoes, from its early days as a thriving center to the closing of the last remaining footwear production facility last month. But the exhibition isn’t about history. This is a very contemporary exhibition that asks us to look at what shoes say about us, our values, institutions, preconceptions and civilization.”
There are 120 shoe-related objects created by over 100 artists from across the US, plus Canada and Israel. Massachusetts artists included in this show are Lynne Allen (Boston), Michael Boroniec, Sergei Isupov (Pittsfield), Ali Cann-Clift (Chelsea), James Ellis Coleman (Natick), Patricia Delaney (Abington, born in Brockton), Nina Fletcher (Essex), Judy Haberl (Newtonville), Ken Hruby (South Boston), Silas Kopf (Northampton), Diane Lamb-Wanucha (Medfield), David Lang (Wayland), Marga Lianko (Cambridge), Laurie Miles (Ipswich), Gwen Murphy (Acton), Marilyn Pappas (Cambridge, born in Brockton), Beverly Rippel (South Easton), Jessica Straus, M.L. Van Nice (Somerville), Lois Tarlow (Newton, born in Brockton), and Nicole Tourangeau (Brockton).
Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, who curated the show, is an independent curator whose family has strong ties to Brockton’s legendary shoe manufacturing industry. Read an article about her in the June 7, 2009 Boston Globe Magazine, "Artful Soles; Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, 65, grew up in a family tied to Brockton's once-thriving shoe industry. Now living in Boston and New York, she curated "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories," an art exhibition at Brockton's Fuller Craft Museum." by James Sullivan.