Artist Richard Watson's picks for the best day ever in Philadelphia

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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.

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  • 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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