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Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA
11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Are you a self-professed “Sneakerhead” with an untouchable Air Jordan collection? Or a Hypebeast that cops the latest collaboration drops? Perhaps an aspiring sneaker designer looking to improve your practice? Even if you just like quality shoes, Soles On View is for you.
Love them or hate them, sneakers are a key symbol of contemporary American culture, viewed by many as wearable art as fit for red carpet runways and museum exhibitions as for the court.
They also have become material and subject matter for many contemporary artists.
The Art of The Hunt: Moderated by Saxx Booker
The opening panel will discuss sneaker culture from the perspective of the collector. Panelists will share their best sneaker stories, how transaction has evolved in sneaker culture, and stories behind the release of some of the most popular shoes of all time. Moderated by Saxx Booker, the host of Z107.9's new web series 6 Kicks, this panel will include Kelton Crenshaw, an attorney who facilitates licensing and influencer branding with brands like Puma, New Era, Dusse, and Tackma and DJ K-Nyce, one of the top dj's in the midwest who can be heard on Cleveland's 107.9 WENZ.
The Art of Shoe-Making: Moderated by Archie Green
This panel brings together shoemakers, custom designers, and artists who work with sneakers to discuss the importance of design, technology's impact on their craft, and their most exciting brand partnerships and collaborations. Panelists include Jacob Ferrato of JBF Customs whose custom recreations of famous sneakers use exotic materials and high-quality leather. Also speaking is Van Monroe, a painter who uses his talents to design custom shoes that have bee designed for President Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Ray Romano, and more. One of Monroe's designs is currently part of the Smithsonian Museum's collection. Dion Walcott will join the panel from Canada to share his experience with MARKT'D, a program which invites students to compete in exciting sneaker design competiton for various prizes. Recently, Walcott has expanded the platform to bring his events to Trinidad and Tobago. Moderating the panel is MOCA Cleveland's own Community Engagement and Programs Manager Archie Green, who is also known for his music and mental health advocacy.