On Tuesday, June 23 the Ward-Nasse gallery, located at 178 Prince St. in NYC, will be hosting a sneaker exhibit. The exhibit, We Were There, is a “retrospective dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Air max 90.” All twenty-five works will be displayed and up for sale at the event. There will also be a live talk with the artist Pel and the release of the We Were There art book. Pel has plans to bring the exhibit to sneaker boutiques in New York so stay on alert if you can’t make it to the gallery opening. Below is a bit from PELNYC.com about the project including the information for the opening on the 23.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Nike Air Max 90, Pel of PELNYC (@pelnyc) presents an art collective of 25 unique portraits that takes you on a twenty-five year journey back in time. Using the Air Max 90 silhouette as the constant variable, the sneaker is showcased and transformed in the art as PEL reflects on some of our most memorable milestones.
Commemorating the last two and a half decades, PEL highlights pop culture, entertainment, trends and events of important historical record like 9/11, The Simpsons, Tupac + Biggie, Pharrell and more. The series reminds you that this beloved shoe has been on foot through many major events. Starting with the unique perspective of the “birth” of the Air Max 90, each piece triggers memories and evokes emotion as one recalls, reflects and enjoys the creative take on milestones throughout the life of the sneaker.
“When we look back at life’s events, we often overlook the people in the background who made it happen. This collection is my nod to them using the Nike Air Max as my canvas.” says PELNYC founder Pel. “I remember my first pair of Air Max, hand-me-downs from my cousin. I still have them to this day; old, beat-up, but in the box. When I open that box, I feel that same happiness I felt when the sneakers were first given to me. I hope this collection provides viewers a sense of nostalgia when they remember how these events impacted their lives.”
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