Current Event

Back to School Special! Please join us at SouthPop Saturday July 30 at 7:09 pm as we close out our 12th Exhibit Season with a special selection of some never before exhibited posters and photos (and some of our favorites you may have seen before) from our permanent collection. The exhibit will run through September 25th, and be on display for both National Museum Day and Austin Museum Day!

SouthPop’s collection tells the story of Austin’s Live Music History and how this great city became The Live Music Capital of the World. This anniversary exhibit features work from the 1960s through today from our classic Armadillo Art Squad – Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Henry Gonzales, and the rest of the crew – as well as work from other Austin area artists or bands such as Farley Pig, Emek, and Frank Kozik, and so many more artists who have defined the Austin music aesthetic that draws the weird and creative from all over.

The exhibit will open Saturday July 30th with a party featuring music by local band The Love Vandals as well as light refreshments, beer, and wine. Admission is a suggested donation of $5, or free for SouthPop’s members. Please remember there is no parking at the Center for the event, and to please park on Collier Street. If you have any questions please contact us at SouthPop at 512-440-8318 Thursday – Saturday 1-6pm, or email us anytime at, and please stay up to date with us at or

Previous Events

Sheauxnough Studios:
Counter Culture Art Designers 1977 – 1983

Founded in 1976 at 16th and Lavaca, Sheauxnough Studios sat ontop of Jack Brown dry cleaners and a Half Price Books, housing some of the greatest creative enterprise ever to come out of Austin. After the closing of Micael Priest’s Directions ad agency, former Armadillo Artists and their disciples moved to this location to set up a studio space. In 1981 the Austin Chronicle put out their first issues from the studio. Artists like Priest, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Sam Yeates, Robert Burns, Kerry Awn, Dale Wilkins, John Rogers and Rick Turner churned out posters for The Armadillo World Headquarters, Antone’s Home of the Blues, Continental Club, and Liberty Lunch, among others. It was here that both in sound and sight rock and roll, blues, and psychedelia gave birth to punk, metal, and reggae (among so much more) in Austin.

From June 4 – July 9 SouthPop will exhibit a selection of the photos, posters, and papers that came out of Sheauxnough, chronicling this artist collective and studio that kept Austin weird as the 70s became the 80s. You can see how the second generation of Armadillo artists learned from their predecessors, and see just what it is about Austin’s sound and style that stays the same.

Please joins us for an opening reception to celebrate Sheauxnough Studios: Counter Culture Art Designers on Saturday June 4 at 7:09 PM and for a closing reception on International Eddy Day, July 9th, again at 7:09 pm, for live music, light refreshments, and beer and wine. Admission to the museum is always free, but for our events we ask for a $5 donation. Members enjoy free admission. There is no parking at the Center for either the opening or closing receptions; please park just south of us on Collier Street. If you have any questions please email us at, call us at 512-440-8318, and stay up to date on our website, and facebook page at SouthPopATX.


Austin Studio Tour

May 14-15 & 21-22

South Pop is proud to participate in this year’s West Austin Studio Tour; a free, annual, self-guided art tour through the local studios and galleries west of i35 for artists, art lovers, patrons, cultural afficiandos, and anyone who loves to look at pretty things to meet, greet, and see what everyone is up to.

Here at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture we regularly aim to provide a cultural context for a city that is rapidly changing. We collect, conserve, exhibit, and appreciate the visual arts from the 1960s when Austin began to grow from a sleepy country town into the vibrant, eclectic, cultural feast it is today. We’ll be hosting the works of our beloved Armadillo Art Squad and friends including (not limited to):

  • Billy Perkins
  • Bob Wade
  • Cass Hook
  • Danny Garrett
  • Guy Juke
  • Jim Franklin
  • Jon Eric Narum
  • Kerry Awn
  • Roi James
  • Sam Yeats
  • Scout Stormcloud
  • And maybe a few surprises!

Please join us the weekend of May 14-15 and again the next weekend, the 21-22 to come see where the art of Austin was, is, and is going in the future! We’ll be open 1 – 6pm to celebrate the beauty of West Austin!

For questions, please call us at 512-440-8318, email us at, and stay up to date on our facebook. And please check out the West Austin Studio Tour webpage.

Special Event

Putting a Price on My Work:

The Art, Music. Fashion & Obesseions of


SouthPop is happy to host this memorial/Exhibit/Concert in honor of Hickoids guitarist and man of many talents: Davy Jones. The party will feature live music, an art exhibit featuring many of David’s works, and a sale of his art and ephemera. Davy passed from lung cancer last November, and all proceeds from the event will benefit HAAM. 
The fun begins at 12 on Sunday, April 3rd and runs through 9pm. Performing on our iconic stage will be The Beaumonts, Pocket Fishrmen, Cunto, Dunebuggy, Scorpio Rising, The Differentials, Screech of Death, Minkeyshrines, and of course, The Hickoids.
Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Rember: There is NO PARKING AT SOUTHPOP. Please park on Collier Street. This is a special one day only event. If you have any questions about the event, where we’re located, or what might be up for grabs for a good cause, email us at, call us at 512-440-8318. or check out our Facebook page, here.

In Memoriam…

Henry outside the Center June 2010003
Obituary for Henry B. Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez was born August 6, 1950, in Brownsville, Texas to a large and loving Latino family who have been residents of Tejas since before the US stole the territory from Mexico. He died on February 29, 2016 after an intense 16 month battle against cancer.

Growing up in Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Henry got to Austin as quick as he could in 1972. Although he attended several of Texas’ finest state schools he left academia to become an integral part of the Austin music scene, working at The Armadillo World Headquarters, the Austin Opera House and later touring and working for several national and local bands. He was an artist, stage hand, stage manager and mentor to the next generation. He recognized early on the importance of Austin’s music culture and in 2004 Henry was part of the founding group of the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, where that unique culture is celebrated, and spent the rest of his life as the driving force of that organization.

He leaves behind an enormous number of friends and family, including his wife, Leea Mechling; son, Ben Gonzalez (wife, Margaret); daughter, Coree Alvarez (husband, Michael) and grandchildren Beck Ava Gonzalez and Royal Bennet Gonzalez.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 20th at 1pm at the Zilker Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Austin

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