The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures has partnered with TexPop for a new exhibit, “Metal Mayhem,” running June 29 to Jan. 5 at the institute. The exhibit comes after a hugely successful pop-up exhibit TexPop coordinated for the 2018 “Heavy Metal Capital of the World” event.
With the amount of content available and the compelling story of San Antonio’s heavy metal history, TexPop was invited to expand what would have been a pop-up exhibit at a June 29 event into a fully fledged exhibit, with TexPop’s Ruby Garza curating content for a dedicated gallery space.
“Return to the Heavy Metal Capital,” the June 29 panel discussion featuring prominent San Antonio heavy metal musicians, will set the stage for the ongoing exhibit. Robb Chavez, host of Robbs Metalworks, will host the opening panel, leading a discussion with luminaries such as Larry Barragan of Helstar, Bobby Jarzombek of Juggernaut, Al Berlanga of Syrus, Buster Grant of Wyzard, Donnie Van Stavern of SA Slayer and Nacho Vara of Byfist.
Exhibit content will include photos, art, merchandise, album covers, LPs, cassettes and more. Images include tributes to “The Godfather” Joe Anthony of KMAC radio, often credited as the radio DJ who built San Antonio’s metal community; Jack Orbin, who founded Stone City Attractions, the promotional company that brought acts such as Rush and Judas Priest to town; and the legendary “Slayer vs. Slayer” battle of the bands, with the Los Angeles and San Antonio bands competing for the name; and much more.
About the ITC: The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults (18-64); $8 for seniors (ages 65+) and children (6-17); children 5 and under free; free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
About TexPop: The South Texas Museum of Popular Culture is located at 1017 E. Mulberry, just off the Broadway Corridor. Tex Pop is a non-profit which operates as a project of the PHOGG Foundation for pursuit of happiness to “Collect, Document, Exhibit, Preserve, Interpret, and Celebrate South Texas Music and Music-Related Art and History.” The TexPop vision is to be the premier source of South Texas music history, providing artifacts, information, and analysis of music’s impact on popular culture. More info at TexPopSA.org.