The Shoe Must Go On! a popular exhibition on view at the Morris Museum through August 29, explores centuries of shoe design, and presents shoes from many different "walks" of life, including the following new additions, and "shoes in the news": General David Petraeus has been prominently featured in the front page news recently. His well-worn Army boot can be seen in the History and Politics section of the exhibition. General Petraeus is also featured in the exhibition as a distinguished representative of the great state of New Jersey, where he earned a Masters in Public Affairs and Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton University.
Former New York Giants defensive end George Martin walked across the United States to raise money for medical care for the first responders to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. He walked from New York City's George Washington Bridge to San Diego, from September 16, 2007 to June 21, 2008, covering over 3000 miles, using 27 pairs of shoes, and raising about $2 million dollars. A pair of Martin's shoes that made the journey is now on display, along with a football commemorating his walk, in the exhibition, The Shoe Must Go On!
Another recent addition to the exhibition is an art quilt, Fancy Footwork, by New York City-based artist Madeleine Appell. Talking about Fancy Footwork, she said, "My love of shoes, fashion and making art quilts meshed when I decided to make the Fancy Footwork quilt in 2008. The quilt represents a range of shoe styles that were aesthetic, unique, well-designed and personally appealing." One of her inspirations for the work was the 2008 exhibition Sole Desire: The Shoes of Christian Louboutin at the Fashion Institute of Technology in March 2008. Louboutin shoes are on view at the current Morris Museum exhibition as well. Guided tours of The Shoe Must Go On! exhibition are offered every Saturday at 1 p.m.
On Friday August 6, at 1 p.m., the museum's Senior Fridays program will offer a highlights tour through The Shoe Must Go On! exhibition. The program includes discussion in the galleries and light refreshments, and is free with museum admission.