Shoes: In Conversation with Jane Gershon Weitzman and Christina Chiu
Greenwich Library and the Flinn Gallery bring Jane Gershon Weitzman to the Berkley Theater on February 26 at 2 pm. As former Executive Vice President and Founding Vice President of Stuart Weitzman Retail, Jane was the inspiration for the Flinn Gallery's current exhibition Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft, and Fantasy Meet.
Please note: All attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination (in the form of their CDC Vaccination Card or a photo or photocopy of the Card) or a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours of the event. No one will be admitted without this documentation. Protocols may be modified as and when laws, science, and/or institutional requirements change. Please note that all attendees will be required to wear face masks at all times (regardless of vaccination status), per the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees.
Jane will share stories of her partnership with her husband, renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and how they built their business together. She will also discuss her long-running project of finding artists who would create fantasy shoes for the window gallery of their flagship store. Jane is an active philanthropist and serves as President of the Jewish Book Council, Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and is a trustee of the New York Historical Society. She also serves on the Boards of the Breast Cancer Alliance, 70 Faces Media, UJA-JCC Greenwich, and on the Boston Children's Hospital Chairman's Council.
Interviewer Christina Chiu is an award-winning writer and the author of Beauty, where the main protagonist is a die-hard shoe lover.
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From February 3 through March 16, the Flinn Gallery, on the second floor of the Greenwich Library, presents Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft, and Fantasy Meet, featuring 70 shoes by 20 artists. Curators Debra Fram and Barbara Richards selected the works on display from a large collection of shoes commissioned by Jane.
Constructed from a surprising array of materials and forms, blending traditional craftsmanship with the totally unexpected, these shoes exist as artistic one-offs, cobbled together from cut and collaged paper, plexiglass, bronze, ceramic, wire, found objects, fabric, steel, rhinestones, and more. On display are the whimsical and the architectural, the lavishly decorated and the outlandish camp. Some designs are abstract and others figurative, referencing popular culture, the animal kingdom, and nature.
Totally unwearable and joyfully defiant of practical use and anatomy, these fantastical creations exist purely to delight the eye and the imagination. They are sure to delight viewers of all ages, fashionistas, and art lovers alike.
- Saturday, February 26, 2022
- 2:00pm - 3:00pm
- Berkley Theater