Darkness and Light: New exhibition celebrates the Gothic

Darkness and Light: New exhibition celebrates the Gothic

I expect every darkling in or near Manchester to be there. I certainly wish I could.

TWO OF Manchester’s foremost researchers into all things Gothic have worked together to co-curate a new exhibition at the John Rylands library.

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes and Dr Linnie Blake of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University have co-curated the Library’s latest super-spooky exhibition, Darkness and Light.

Housed in the neo-Gothic grandeur of The John Rylands Library, Darkness and Light reveals how Gothic architecture and anatomy inspired and influenced a literary genre, and how the lasting legacy of Gothic can be found in art, films and subculture today.

From the fantastical to the macabre, this intriguing exhibition unearths Gothic treasures from the Library’s Special Collections to investigate subjects as varied as the role of women in the Gothic movement, advances in medical science and classic literature.

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“It was clear from our first meeting that we wanted the exhibition to have a special flavour and that the themes for the displays cases needed to be intrinsically connected to the building hosting them. Hence the focus, for example, on architecture, such a characteristic aspect of the Rylands, or anatomy, as the library hosts a significant collection of medical books. The focus on the local Goth community was also fundamental, as it is such a huge and important part of Manchester life.”

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