Great American Feet Dancing in the Streets

Great American Feet Dancing in the Streets

Performing giant saddle shoes

Street performers wearing giant shoes made by artists Eric Appel and Richard Dimmler for the “Great American Foot” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts April 14 – June 30, 1978.

The exhibition “The Great American Foot,” sponsored by the Kinney Shoe Corporation, was held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in 1978. The theme of the exhibition was to celebrate the foot and its many aspects including function, fashion, symbolism, and interpretation. MCC director emeritus Paul J. Smith identified this exhibition as one of the 10 great moments in MCC history.

The pictured sculptures of giant shoes, made by artists Eric Appel and Richard Dimmler, danced outside the museum in celebration of the opening of “The Great American Foot.” The copy for this publicity photograph reports, “the saddle shoes will high-step through the streets of Manhattan on selected days in April and May, with music to match – a medley of shoe- and foot-related tunes.”

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