Clockwise from top left (all details): Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh. Higher Me, 2014. Video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist; Steven Klein. Still from Untitled, 791, 2014. Video, color, sound; 7 min. 48 sec. Courtesy of Steven Klein Studio. © Steven Klein 2014; Zach Gold. Still from Spike, 2014. Video, color, sound. Courtesy of Zach Gold; Rashaad Newsome. Still from Knot, 2014. Single-channel video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist; Nick Knight. Still from La Douleur Exquise, 2014. Video, color, sound; 2 min. 45 sec. Photo courtesy of Nick Knight and SHOWstudio; Marilyn Minter. Still from Smash, 2014. Video, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94
For the exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum commissioned six original short films that take the high heel as a conceptual starting point. These provocative films explore the cult status of the high-heeled shoe and its roles in discourses of fantasy, power, and identity, as well as its high profile in visual culture.