Relive Austin’s “Golden Age”through poster art that captures the spirit of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 70s in the capital city of Texas. “When Austin Got Weird,”an exhibit curated by the Bullock Texas State History Museum, runs July 11 through September 14 in the third-floor Rotunda Gallery.
Using music posters from two Austin collections, the exhibit explores the poster artists and music venues that defined Austin’s cultural scene between 1967 and 1980. A visible counterculture emerged during this time, launching a cultural revolution often referred to as the Golden Age of Austin by those who experienced it. Rent was cheap, the music was great, and the once small, sleepy town emerged as a breeding ground for activism.
Highlights of “When Austin Got Weird”include posters by artists featuring famous musicians, such as Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Fats Domino and the Ramones. Texas favorites, such as Asleep at the Wheel, Sir Doug and the Texas Tornadoes and Shiva’s Headband are featured as well.
The exhibit complements “The 1968 Exhibit,”on view through Sept. 1. This exhibit reveals the social forces that crested in 1968, a year that shaped the rest of the 20th century, and brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactives.