Martin Luther King Day

Taking the train into Phoenix

Taking the train into Phoenix

The art gallery was closed! We took the train into Phoenix yesterday to visit the art gallery in the afternoon and attend a Phoenix Suns game in the evening.  When we arrived at the front door of the art gallery the information on the door said CLOSED MONDAYS.  Why hadn’t any of us thought to check that?  Many art galleries, including the one in Winnipeg are closed on Mondays.  But wait!  Were those people inside the foyer?  Yes!  Were those ticket agents behind the front desk? Yes!  Were the doors open?  Yes!  It was Martin Luther King Day in the United States and in honor of the holiday the gallery was open to the public.

kehinder-wiley

A painting from Kehinde Wiley’s Brazil series

We had a wonderful afternoon at the gallery including a lunch in the gallery restaurant The Palette and a tour that introduced us among many other things to the work of celebrated African-American artist Kehinde Wiley. 

The Phoenix Suns lost a nailbiter against the Utah Jazz.  An exciting game.

The Phoenix Suns lost a nailbiter against the Utah Jazz. An exciting game.

At the Suns game in the evening they were also honoring the holiday.  Quotes of Dr. King’s  ringed the stadium, a special video during the game paid tribute to his legacy and another showed the Phoenix Suns visiting the new African-American History Museum in Washington DC.  Various players were interviewed about what their visit to the museum had meant to them. The game opened with a few words about Martin Luther King Day shared by player Alan Williams whose mother currently serves as the first female African-American chief of police in Phoenix. 

We had a good Martin Luther King Day!

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One response to “Martin Luther King Day

  1. PPenner

    I LOVED the painting by Wiley. The colours are so vibrant. It looked like a photograph on the post. I would love to see the brush strokes up close.

    Things are well on Bannatyne and hope the same is true for you in your sunny locale.

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