Like Robert Smith’s hair, the history of the goth aesthetic is wild, tangled, and probably dyed black. So how did we children of the night go from quiet, monochromatic, and — admit it — kind of chic vamps (here’s looking at you, Sioux) to the bestudded Hot Topic mallrats parodied on South Park? The road was long and heavily eyelined. Music anthropologist Andi Harriman explains it all in A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics of the 1980s Goth Subculture. The illustrated lecture explores the defining roots of “goth” through makeup, fashion, and artwork, and how it all reflected an emerging, increasingly macabre musical genre in the late Eighties through the early Nineties. For further dark ponderings, grab a copy of her book Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: A Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s.
Thu., May 28, 8 p.m., 2015