During the summer of 1970, Austin’s first successful psychedelic music club, the Vulcan Gas Company, closed. In August 1970, the Armadillo World Headquarters opened. Both venues made dramatic changes to Austin’s culture.
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“I wanted to see something fresh. How do I make a drawing I haven’t seen before? The only way to do that is to close your eyes,” said artist Jim Franklin about his latest series of acrylic paintings. Franklin created a collection of self portraits …
“Sometimes people don’t even know to go into the building,” says artist Henry Gonzalez, arms crossed, as he looks over the art installations surrounding the South Austin Popular Culture Center. “This is the legacy I’m going to leave behind,” Gonzalez says. Each piece is a …
Photographer Steve Hopson details the history of the Armadillo World Headquarters through photos and captions.
- 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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