Coming to the Portland Art Museum from the Bata Shoe Museum in Canada, Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks is a groundbreaking new exhibition that features nearly sixty futuristic footwear designs like the auto-lacing Nike MAG. It explores how cutting-edge technologies, unexpected materials, and new ideas are transforming footwear today. The provocative exhibition features digitally designed and 3D-printed shoes, sneakers made from mushroom leather and reclaimed ocean plastics, and footwear created for the metaverse. Portland is a sneaker town and we’re thrilled to share this exhibition with our community.
Co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum. Curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Director and Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum.