- Armadillo Art SquadThe South Austin Popular Culture Center features the artwork of the infamous “Armadillo Art Squad” dating from the 1960s to today. These artists have garnered international acclaim for their influence upon rock art in the 1970s and the contemporary Austin culture. They continue to producer art in a variety of mediums, including the quintessential Austin art form, the poster. Old and new works by these celebrities will be displayed on a permanent basis along with periodic displays, including the numerous notable contemporary Austin artists. Click on the images and names below to learn more about the artist. Danny Garrett Nels Jacobson Guy Juke G.L. McElhaney
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South Austin Popular Culture Presents
The Broken Spoke: Last Honky Tonk Standing
In 1964, 3201 South Lamar Boulevard was little more than a field and a few oak trees when James White decided to build a beer joint. Shortly thereafter the jukebox and dancing took over the bar and pool tables as the draw of the place. Now, more than 50 years later, the little beer joint has hosted some of the world’s foremost country music stars, sits in the shadows of the 704 complex, and still offers the most authentic country-western dancing this weird, new city of Austin has to offer.
Please join us at the South Austin Popular Culture Center, just a mile up the road from the Broken Spoke, as we chronicle the history that has stayed pristine within the walls of the Broken Spoke. A selection of artwork that exhibits the sights and experiences that makes the Broken Spoke the greatest honky tonk in Texas while telling the story of how this little beer joint managed to remain the last of the true Texas dance halls right as Austin grew up around it will be on display for your viewing pleasure.
Saturday, April 25th at 7:09pm we will kick off the long awaited exhibit with a party at our location 1516-B South Lamar Blvd. $5 suggested donation. Members enjoy a special free preview at 6pm. Live music and light refreshments will be provided. No parking is allowed at the Center, please park on Collier Street, and contact SouthPop with any questions at 512-440-8318, firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website at www.southpop.org
The Broken Spoke: Last Honky Tonk Standing Opening Pushed Back
Armadillo fans, we hate to inform you that our upcoming exhibit on the Broken Spoke has been pushed back. Originally scheduled for April 18, the event is being pushed back until Saturday April 25. Due to a host of personal reasons, the week of the 18th is just really bad timing for us. We hope you’ll understand and make it to our opening on the 25th! In the meantime, check out this infographic by Dish Info that features SouthPop as one of the sites to visit in Austin!
SouthPop at SXSW
South by Southwest has officially begun and that means we are crazy busy here at SouthPop! Our current exhibit The World According to Rob Jones will be on view during our regular hours (1-6pm, Thursday through Sunday as staffing allows. It never hurts to call ahead to make sure someone’s here!) throughout the festival, and we hope you stop by now that the weather is starting to do its job (be spring!).
On top of that, we will be making our regular appearance at the Austin Chronicle’s 33rd Annual Austin Music Awards the evening of Wednesday March 18th at The Austin Convention Center. Make sure to get your tickets here!
And as always, we’ll be at The American Poster Institute’s 48th Flatstock Poster Show, also at the Austin Convention Center. The expo runs March 19 – 21, 11am to 6pm and is free to the public! There will be some really amazing poster artists there, including SouthPop friends Billy Perkins and Mishka Westell! Make sure to stop by our booth to see works by the poster art legends of the 60s and 70s and see what few duplicates of our collection we’re willing to part with.
Stop by SouthPop to see where SXSW really came from, party hard, support local artists and musicians, stay safe, and please, for the love of god, don’t move here.
SouthPop proudly presents its next exhibition and first of 2015 – The World According to Rob Jones – opening Saturday January 17, and running through March 28, 2015. Local Austinite, Rob Jones won a grammy award in January, 2014 for his packaging design of Jack White’s Under Great White Northern Lights. SouthPop is proud to display a selection of his works from early in his career though his more recent work with world class bands like Jack White, The Raconteurs, Arcade Fire, and the Arctic Monkeys, to name a few.
Jones’ chaotic collages reflect his flashy and irreverent sense of humor. Growing up influenced by punk art and consumerism, Jones uses delicate and traditional engravings layered over one another to make subversive and meaningful statements on popular culture and the glamour of celebrity. His gig posters remind those familiar with SouthPop’s collection of 1960s and 70s psychedelic posters of the works of Texas’ own Jim Harter or San Francisco’s Wilifred Satty.
SouthPop is honored to present the critically acclaimed, yet never boring, evolution of 1960s psychedelia, filtered through a punk lens, to make statements about the art and design of 21st century pop-glamor as shown by the works of Rob Jones.
SouthPop is located at 1516B South Lamar Boulevard and will have an opening reception for the exhibition starting at 7:09pm the evening of Saturday January 17, 2015, featuring live music and refreshments, if the weather’s good. Entry is a $5 suggested donation, free for members. There is no parking at the center, so please park on Collier Street. The exhibition will run through March 28, 2015 during SouthPop’s regular hours – Thursday – Sunday, 1- 6pm, or by appointment or chance. Please call the center at 512-440-8318, email at email@example.com, or check our website at www.southpop.org for any questions.
Eventually there will be a WICKED poster by Jim Franklin available for purchase!
SouthPop’s upcoming exhibition, Austin Graffiti Art: Celebrating Austin’s Street Art and Featuring the “Hope” Gallery on Lamar Boulevard opens on October 18 and runs through December 20, 2014. Featuring the photography of Bob Simmons, SouthPop presents some of the most visually interesting street art works as pop culture art rather than a public nuisance.
After Victor Ayad acquired the property and the spontaneous art began to appear, instead of condemning it, he supported it and decided to nurture and oversee this area now known as the Hope Gallery to preserve the often insightful, educational, and enlightening public works that morph from one image to another on the dilapidated foundations. In 2010 the HOPE Foundation was established to bring order to the gallery; ensuring security for the works of art to protect them from the trivial tagging.
Simmons’ photography not only documents some of the artworks but also the site itself as one of Austin’s icons. He further catalogs other street art and public murals in Austin that highlight Austin’s music history. SouthPop is delighted to display them in our gallery alongside our own iconic public murals here at our South Lamar location.
An exhibit opening featuring the live music of Austin band The Blackhawks and light refreshments will be held at the Center at 1516-B South Lamar Blvd on Saturday October 18, 2014 starting at 7:09pm, music starts around 8. $5 suggested donation at the door, free for members. Admission to the museum is free during regular hours through December 20. There will be no parking at the Center for the opening event, so please park on Collier Street. For more information, please contact SouthPop at 512-440-8318, firstname.lastname@example.org, or our website at www.southpop.org.
South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents
Man on a Mission
Ken Hoge began his professional photography career as a music journalist during his years as a student at the University of Texas at Austin. As a freelance and staff photographer for the Austin Sun (the predecessor to the Austin Chronicle) he covered the heady Austin music scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s. At that time Austin was just beginning to enjoy an international reputation as a cultural “Third Coast”. A phenomenal mix of musical styles was co-existing in Austin: country, progressive country, folk, world, blues, jazz, punk, new wave, progressive rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, humor/parody, etc., etc. Hoge captured on film hundreds of performances featuring these varied styles at venues like the famous Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, Raul’s and Antone’s Blues Club.
His subjects range from blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King to county icons like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels; from punk pioneers like the Ramones, Patty Smith and the Sex Pistols to rockers as diverse as Neil Young and Frank Zappa. He photographed many Texas music stars such as Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Johnny Winter, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Marsha Ball, Butch Hancock, Kinky Friedman and many others.
In the 1980s, Hoge switched gears and began working as a medical photographer, documenting research into artificial hearts and heart transplantation. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, album covers and video documentaries. He currently lives in Houston, Texas where he is webmaster and manager of multimedia services for the Texas Heart Institute. He enjoys living in the Houston Heights neighborhood and is actively involved with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts.
An exhibit featuring his work will be on display at the South Austin Popular Culture Center from August 2 – September 30, 2014, with an opening reception on the 2nd, starting at 7:09pm. The event will feature a performance by The Love Vandals. A $5 donation will get you into the event, members admitted for free. Admission during regular museum hours is always free. There will be no parking at the museum, so please park on Collier Street. Please contact the Center for any further information at email@example.com, 512-440-8318, or www.southpop.org
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