Laura Gonzalez

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31 Jul 2006

Another shoe exhiition

With thanks to the always excellent Manolo and his friends Susan and Nina for pointing this out. Sounds like something I will need to refer to!

“Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet” Opens in USPTO Museum

A new exhibit opened on July 13, 2006 in the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. ‚ÄúShoes: Innovations at Your Feet‚Äù highlights shoe technology past and present. Visitors to the museum can learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish innovations, and see how people customize their shoes for work. The exhibit is an entertaining view of all kinds of footwear that incorporates 19 th century models of patented inventions as well as recent accomplishments of today’s footwear industry, especially many brands in the areas of children’s shoes, work shoes, comfort and fashion.

USPTO MuseumThis exhibit conveys the fact that even everyday objects like shoes owe much of their evolution to the intellectual property protection provided to their designers,” noted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas.

Museum display of First Lady shoesShoes can be practical, like the different types of shoes tailored to different working environments, or they can be great fun, like fashion shoes of high society. The exhibit shows what kinds of shoes a roofer, a chef, or a fireman might wear, and one can marvel at the size 23 work shoe of Shaquille O’Neal. Enjoy the sight of First Ladies’ fashion‚Äîfrom Mamie Eisenhower’s pink satin pumps to Lou Hoover’s gold velvet mules.

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One Response to “Another shoe exhiition”

  1. army mos said:

    Awesome blog, I’m going to spend more time researching this subject

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.