Oct 22, 2021 - Things to Do
Artist Richard Watson's best day ever in Philadelphia
Artist Richard Watson standing in front of two of his paintings  on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Artist Richard Watson standing in front of two of his paintings on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo: Mike D'Onofrio/Axios

Richard Watson — an artist whose murals and works can be spotted throughout the city — just opened his first solo show at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

  • The 75-year-old, who's based in Bryn Mawr, has been the museum's artist in residence for years.

Watson said his experience protesting alongside civil rights leader Cecil B. Moore in the mid-1960s informed his work.

  • "Art as a weapon and a vehicle for information became my flag because I don't have to get on a podium to try to convince people with rhetoric," he said.

Axios caught up with Watson on Thursday at the opening of his exhibit, "Portals + Revelations: Richard J. Watson Beyond Realities," to talk about what his "best day ever in Philadelphia" would look like:

Breakfast: A home-cooked meal, including eggs, grits, cinnamon raisin toast and coffee.

  • "Things that are easy."

After breakfast: Find a quiet, private hideaway in Fairmount Park to strum on his ukulele and then browse at a thrift shop.

Lunch: A corned beef sandwich with "the whole works" from Primo Hoagies.

Afternoon: Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art to take in the new exhibits on display.

Dinner: A meal at home.

  • "Whatever they got. My daughter is a vegan, my wife is a carnivore, and I'm in between."

Late-night fun: Stream a movie on Netflix.

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