True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 30 June to Sunday 3 September
Part of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.
Curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York and author and film-maker Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith is centred on four decades’ worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.
Also featuring Peter Saville's seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos, fashion and posters from John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provides a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands. The exhibition will also present a selection of rarely seen personal materials, including original hand written lyrics.
In parallel to the exhibition, New Order will take over Stage 1 of Manchester’s iconic Old Granada Studios to play a series of intimate gigs as part of MIF. The shows are created in collaboration with Liam Gillick.
As well as the exhibition a number of special events will take place including exhibition tours, Joy Division walking tours of Manchester, the screening of Jon Savage and Grant Gee's Joy Division documentary, and panel discussions with Dave Haslam and Scott King.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.
Read a review of the exhibition at The Guardian. Listen to Jarvis Cocker interviewing Peter Saville on his BBC 6 Music show.
Entrance free. Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, including bank holiday Mondays. Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm. Find out more at Manchester Art Gallery.
Manchester Art Gallery,
Manchester M2 3JL.
Images: MIF, Peter Saville.