The Smiths Exhibition
The Gospel According to... (Part One)
Though their time was short lived, only performing together for as little as five years, The Smiths still remain one of the most inspirational alternative bands of our time. The band, renowned for their unique melodic pop sound and deeply depressing lyrics, have and continue to influence countless contemporary bands, as their music remains popular and is considered legendary.
The Smiths are now to celebrate their 30th anniversary in artistic fashion, through a series of exhibitions and installations, which explore the reasoning behind the band's incredible influence over music and culture. From 16th March through until 4th May, the exhibition entitled 'The Gospel According To... (Part One)', will be presented by The Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University. The event will host a variety of diverse showcases, including the work of Jeremy Deller, Lucienne Cole and Lar Laumann, who has created a video-installation of Morrisey Foretelling the Death of Diana. The exhibition will also present rare footage of The Smiths, 'Bootleg Booth', loaned by the band's ex-drummer Mike Joyce. The iconic photographs of Stephen Wright will also be on display, including the album artwork for The Queen is Dead album and the Salford Lads Club shoot.
Mike Joyce was approached last year by creative director of the art centre Cube, Jane Anderson, who is the one responsible for envisioning the exhibitions and installations centring around The Smiths. Mike, who now DJ's all over the world, is said to be excited to see the final results of Part One of the ongoing art exhibitions, of which Part Two will begin next month and will include a panel discussion at The Cornerhouse, revolving around the cultural and social politics behind the band.
The exhibition is free to enter, so it's a must for any Smiths' fan.
Hosted at The Holden Gallery, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street.
Visit http://www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk for more information.