A collection of shoes created by artists collaborating with top shoe designers will be unveiled at a benefit party for the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday, September 25, 2002.
Artists Collaborate with Top Shoe Designers
to Launch Bergdorf Goodman's New Shoe Salon
and to Benefit the New Museum of Contemporary Art
After Party Presented by Chambers Hotel
(New York, August 12, 2002) - A collection of shoes created by artists collaborating with top shoe designers will be unveiled at a benefit party for the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday, September 25, 2002.
The New Group, the New Museum of Contemporary Art's under-40 membership category, will host the benefit evening, Art + Sole, which will begin with cocktails at Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate their expanded shoe salon and the specially created shoes.
The first opportunity to purchase these extraordinary creations, in editions of 20 each, will be at the party to benefit the New Museum. The shoes will be available for purchase to the general public in the shoe salon beginning September 26. An after party will be held at Chambers Hotel, 15 West 56th Street.
The artist/designer teams who have generously agreed to create the limited edition shoes are:
Damien Hirst and Manolo Blahnik
Liza Lou and Diana Broussard
Rachel Feinstein and Edmundo Castillo
Laurie Simmons and Bernard Figueroa
Konstantin and Christian Louboutin
Jeff Koons and Andrea Pfister
Adelle Lutz and Walter Steiger
Koons and Pfister have created a leather boot with a woven leather overlay, topped with an inflatable cuff. Konstantin and Louboutin fashioned an open-toe mule adorned with Konstantin's famous alter ego Mrs. Tependris. Lou and Broussard reinvented the cashmere sock demi-boot with an intricate bead design, and Lutz and Steiger's version of the "ponyboot" comes complete with a horse tail.
Anne McNally, Carlos Mota and Nell Campbell are Art + Sole's co-chairs, and many notable names from the contemporary art and fashion worlds form the Benefit Committee. Included on the committee are Sally and Rufus Albemarle, Alba and Francesco Clemente, Amy Fine Collins, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Marjorie Gubelmann, Kim Heirston, Patricia Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Helen and Tim Schifter, Elizabeth Saltzman, Yvonne Force Villareal, and Beth Rudin De Woody.
An after party with food, drinks and dancing will follow at Chambers Hotel, 15 W 56th Street. The upscale "downtown" style hotel is filled with over 500 works of original art by emerging artists.
Tickets for Art + Sole are $150 and can be ordered through Livet Reichard Company, Inc. at (212) 344-8420. All proceeds from the event and the sale of the shoes will benefit the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
About the New Museum of Contemporary Art
The New Museum, founded in 1977 and located in the heart of Soho, is the premier destination for contemporary art in New York City. With an annual schedule of dynamic exhibitions, the Museum presents the most innovative and experimental work from around the world. Debate and discussion about contemporary culture are encouraged through a broad range of educational programs, publications, performances, and new media initiatives. Visit the website for more about the New Museum.
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Bergdorf Goodman's New Shoe Salon