The South Austin Popular Culture Center presents, exhibits, documents and interprets Austin art and culture of the past 50 years and makes that history accessible to local, national and international audiences. Our 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 50 years.
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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