- 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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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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