Special Notice: SouthPop will be CLOSED Sunday September 7 – 13 for a special project. We will reopen Sunday September 14 at 1pm. Thanks for understanding as we work to share Austin’s amazing culture and make it more accessible to wider audiences!

Current Exhibit

South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents

Ken Hoge:

Man on a Mission


Final Ken Hoge Exhibit Poster

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 info@southpop.org, 512-440-8318, or www.southpop.org


Past Exhibit


South Austin Popular Culture Center


South Texas Popular Culture Center Presents:

The Austin – San Antonio Connection:

~So Close and Yet So Far Out~



Opening Saturday June 14, 2014, SouthPop and its sister organization in San Antonio, TexPop, present an exhibition exploring the shared music history between the two cities. Separated by only 80 miles of I35, Austin and San Antonio could not be more different. Still, both cities have created musical acts that reflect their different local cultures and draw national and international renown, while playing host to major acts from all over the globe.

The Austin – San Antonio Connection is a unique and vibrant one made up of students, hippies, Hispanics, and military personnel, a wide range of rich and poor communities nestled within one of America’s busiest corridors. Come see a selection of the art and music that has passed between the two for decades; helping to define Texan-American culture both in and out of Central Texas.

The exhibition opens with a party on June 14, 2014 at 7:09pm, with a special preview for members only on Friday, June 13 at the same time. Admission to the event on Saturday has a $5 cover charge (free for members) with a cash beer and wine bar, as well as live, local music and light refreshments. The exhibition runs through July 12, 2014. Admission to the museum is always free; open Thursday – Sunday 1-6pm, or by appointment or chance.

There is no parking at SouthPop for the event, please park on Collier Street. For more information, contact the Center at 512-440-8318 | www.southpop.org | info@southpop.org


South Austin Popular Culture Center Presents

10th Anniversary Exhibit


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Through generous funding from the Phogg Phoundation for the Pursuit of Happiness, the South Austin Popular Culture Center (SouthPop) opened its doors March 2014 and almost immediately an important and sentimental acquisition was made: Ken Featherston’s mural, Peyote Dream. Charitable donors came forward with the necessary funding and so began SouthPop’s permanent collection documenting Austin’s music culture.

Now, ten years later and after mounting over 100 exhibits, SouthPop will hold a showing of items from its permanent collection that reflects the evolution of Austin’s music culture from 1965 to present day. Yes, the Ken Featherston mural will be on display. Original drawings by Tony Bell, Jack Jaxon, Gilbert Shelton, Micael Priest and Guy Juke will be included along with posters, photographs, books and clothing. And. Yes. Even a strand of Elvis Presley’s hair.

SouthPop continues its mission documenting and interpreting Austin art and culture of the past 50 years and works to make that history accessible to local, national and international audiences. The Center’s programs trace the evolution and the social context of Austin’s cultural production from the early 1960s through the present and interpret the local, state and national impact of the artists, art forms and recurrent themes that have profoundly shaped the City’s self-conception over the past fifty years.

This anniversary exhibit will be on display May 3 through 31, 2014 and will start with a reception on May 3rd beginning at 7:09pm. There will be live music and refreshments. This event is free to members and $5 to the general public.

Please remember there is no parking at SouthPop; park on Collier Street and walk on over. Please also consider taking public transportation or riding your bike. For more information, contact the Center.



South Austin Popular Culture Center:

Exploring Austin’s Alternate Route


For more information about the South Austin Popular Culture Center, please contact the Center: telephone: 512.440.8318 or by email: info@southpop.org You can also send us a message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SAPCC.

1516-B S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 440-8318
Usual hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm and by appointment or chance.