Rag Radio: Iconic Texas Artist Bob ‘Daddy-O’ Wade & Cultural Historian Jason Mellard

Monumental sculptor 'Daddy-O' Wade is famous as an ambassador of Texas culture and was a major force in the Cosmic Cowboy movement.

Bob "Daddy-O" Wade on Iguanamobile.

Thorne Dreyer‘s guests on Rag Radio are iconic Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade and cultural historian Jason Mellard.

Bob Wade, a native of Austin, is best known for his monumental Texas and Southwestern-themed sculptures like the 40-foot iguana on the roof of the Lone Star Café in New York and the Guinness World Record-setting Giant Boots in San Antonio, and for his experimental work hand-tinting black-and-white vintage photographs transferred to large photo-emulsion canvases. Wade is the recipient of three NEA grants and has been included in biennials in Paris, New Orleans, and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. He is in major collections including Chase Manhattan Bank, AT&T, the Menil Collection, Houston, and the Austin Museum Of Art. A retrospective of his work was exhibited at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture in the fall of 2009.

Bob Wade, left, and Jason Mellard. Photo by Roger Baker / The Rag Blog.

Bob “Daddy-O” Wade is also known as an ambassador of Texas culture who has spread the word about Texas art nationally and internationally and as a major figure in developing the 1970s Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture.

Jason Mellard, who teaches at Texas State University, is a cultural historian of the modern South and Southwest. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies at UT-Austin and his book, “Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Cultures,” explores the intersections of political change and popular culture in Texas. Mellard is currently researching the racial politics of musical performance venues in the mid-20th century Texas-Mexico borderlands. Jason Mellard has collaborated extensively with artist Bob Wade

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