Arts and Entertainment

October 26, 2017



SAN FRANCISCO With the success of its early 2017 U.S. debut, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem will bring its exclusive exhibition, "Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes," to San Francisco this November. The exhibition explores the art and cult-following of women's shoes, and will run from Nov. 7-21, 2017. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 


Presented in the prestigious Refusalon Gallery located at 246 Powell St., the exhibition will feature more than 55 contemporary designs, all created by the distinguished alumni and students of the Jerusalem-based academy. The innovative and radical designs explore unconventional sculptural techniques that aim to defy space, anatomy and gravity with the blend of traditional craft and nontraditional materials.


"Shoes are objects that have an almost mystical ability to instantly rivet us," said curator Ya'ara Keydar. "The Walk of Art: Visionary Shoes" is an exploration of the charged history, iconic shapes and mystery that so often surrounds shoes through the lens of burgeoning Israeli designers and alumni of the Bezalel. The success of our U.S. launch led to multiple requests and we are pleased that San Francisco, and in specific such a prestigious gallery, will be our next host."


The art interpretation explores the artists' design in footwear using porcelain, glass, metal, wood, to futuristic 3D printed shoes, impossible platforms, wedges, and heels. This exhibition creates a thoughtful journey between the ephemeral and the perennial, the beautiful and the painful, the mythology and reality of some of the most charged and coveted objects in fashion history.


"Walk of Art is an exhibition that embodies the spirit of Bezalel through its fusion of art and fashion. We are excited to see our talented students and acclaimed alumni explore the complex and fascinating social history and evolution of shoe design," said Bezalel's President Prof. Adi Stern. "The success of our exhibition in New York earlier this year, led to various requests for the exhibit to travel and we are thrilled that San Francisco, a city well known as a worldwide Arts and Culture destination, will be its next stop."


For more information about the exhibition, please visit walkartexhibition.com #walkartshoes.


Founded in 1906, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is Israel's oldest institution of higher education and the birthplace of Israel's art culture. With programs ranging across the discipline, Bezalel's graduates influence the world through their designs utilizing the top skills instilled within them in their time at the historic art academy in Jerusalem. Bezalel offers courses in the fine arts, architecture, ceramic design, industrial design, jewelry, photography, visual communication, animation, film, art history, and art theory. For more information, please visithttp://www.bezalel.ac.il/en/


Refusalon is a San Francisco based art space focusing on hosting unique and independent exhibitioners since 1990. The space is dedicated to nurturing artists and exhibitions both from the San Francisco Bay area and around the world. Artists shown in the past include: Sandro Chia, Dale Chihuly, Gay Outlaw, Uri Tzaig, Sam Yates, Pip Culbert, Roman Signer, Janine Gordon, Herman de Varies, Ori Gersht, Sol Lewitt, David Nash, David Gerstein and Bill Fontana.  For more information please visit: http://refusalon.com/.


Ya'ara Keydar is an independent fashion scholar and curator and teaches the course "Fashion in Museums" at NYU SPS. Keydar's fashion exhibition, "A Walk Of Art: Visionary Shoes," will open on November 7, 2017 in Refusalon Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition initially launched in January 2017 in Parasol Gallery, New York. Previously, she curated the exhibition "Cinderella Syndrome: A Journey In The Footsteps Of The Stiletto," co-curated "Beyond Measure: Fashion and the Plus-Size* Woman," at 80WSE Gallery in New York, and curated the fashion exhibitions"Happily Ever After: The Israeli Bridal Gown Reimagined" and "Wedding Photographer: Bridal Portraits in Israel 1910-1990," both exhibited in Israel.


Keydar graduated from the Costume Studies M.A. program at NYU and is a 2016 winner of NYU Steinhardt's Samuel Eshborn Award.