Some artists were inspired by shoe-related words like "pump," "shoefly pie," and "shoetree." The Cinderella theme is referenced several times in the exhibition, and a handful of participants have made use of kitschy miniature glass or ceramic shoes often found in gift shops. Others have eschewed fairy tales and fantasies for a minimal, conceptual approach. Elmer Craig's Stop That Running consists of a pair of car parts called brake shoes. University of Miami art history professor Paula Harper's Shoe Ready-Made in Retreat from Sore Feet features the offending strappy evening sandals tossed into a tangled pile. J. Tomas Lopez deconstructs a shoe and displays its parts (Simulacra Loafers). And Rafael Salazar contributes a photo of a canvas espadrille, titled Vegetarian Shoe.
Young, whose high-quality exhibitions at the library are consistently among the most intriguing and entertaining in town, frequently calls on large, diverse groups of artists to participate in her theme shows. Previous subjects have included cars, boats, portraits, still lifes, bookmarks, and artists' books. She stresses that hosting such lighthearted exhibitions are a way to bring together the community's disparate artists. "It's a great opportunity for inclusion and the artists really enjoy it," she says. "They get a lot of pleasure out of seeing their own work along with everyone else's."
-- Judy Cantor
All God's Children Got Shoes is on view through September 3 at Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 W Flagler St. Admission is free. Call 305-375-2665.