1970s Austin No. 6: Breaking down barriers to the arts

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Turk Pipkin entertains at Fiesta in the 1970s. Photo: Robert Godwin

We asked thoughtful locals why the 1970s left such a lasting imprint on Austin. We received many provocative answers, which we’ll share here first. 

Feel free to send yours to mbarnes@statesman.com.

Luci Johnson, LBJ Family Wealth Advisors and leading philanthropist

The arts had a sort of “coming out party” in the 1970s.

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Turk Pipkin entertains at Fiesta in the 1970s. Photo: Robert Godwin

It was a heyday for community-wide celebrations of events, such as Laguna Gloria’s Fiesta, which was an inclusive event, where not only local artists displayed and sold their wares, but families — grandparents, parents and children — went to see, be seen and learn.

Art was no longer the subject for the wealthy and elite. We all were discovering its magic. Austinites were feeling at liberty to celebrate all kinds of artists and if it wasn’t yet the time to “Keep Austin Weird,” it surely was the time when Austin decided to embrace  art and artists in all of their diversity — painting, sculpture, Western, realistic, folk, modern and to some, maybe weird!

Art was on everybody’s mind. Like many young people,  I wanted to be a collector, a buyer, for myself and for my family. I am NOT talking about great investments. You just wanted to know artists and have some piece to call your own. It was a tie that bound our community together and still does.

I bought the majority of the little I have back then, and I loved the spirit of the time!

Index

1970s Austin: No. 1 Elizabeth Christian
1970s Austin: No. 2 Forrest Preece
1970s Austin: No. 3 Eddie Wilson

 


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