ok, so here is the cool roofdeck where i hung out in the morning
some interesting downtown architecture
city hall. (buffalo's is WAY better!)
this art museum was amazing. and FREE. well, except the special photography exhibit part which i think was only $5. that photographer reminded me a lot of my personal favorite milton rogovin. his name is oraien catledge and he did a series on people in cabbagetown in georgia. which was an area built by a cotton textile mill to house the workers who had immigrated from appalachia. fell into disrepair and the people were in extreme poverty after the mill closed.
one of my favorite paintings. sorry for the blurriness. couldn't use flash.
this one was stunning.
these mosaics were a project for katrina victims to try to heal by making beautiful artwork out of things damaged in the hurricane.
nice outdoor garden at the museum.
downtown architect's office in an old greyhound station.
downtown was pretty deserted. and it was a weekday. i probably should've checked w/the hotel before i decided to go walking to all of my destinations....i got lost on the way to the smith robertson cultural center and museum. probably should have been a bit alarmed when the sidewalks became completely overgrown w/grass and when it became impossible to step without hitting broken glass. and the curly barbed wire fences should have been a clue. and then i got to a corner where the only people available to ask directions from were a guy who i think was trying to purchase a bail bond and another guy outside a check cashing place. but it was all good in the end. another dude on the corner pointed me in the right direction. so when i finally got there, the parking lot was totally gated in and the door wasn't open since you have to ring a special security bell. oopsie. well, i did find another route back which was not nearly as strange. and did i mention it was around 86 degrees? well, it felt really good until about 13 blocks into my walk. and the books i got for edison and caelan at the first stop started to feel mighty heavy.
so here it is. the smith robertson museum it is housed in the school that richard wright attended!! and i have to say, it was such a sad little museum! a lot of the displays were worn out and outdated. some things were even missing. doesn't seem right in the land of medgar evers, emmett till and james meredith that the only african american museum in the capital city needs so much help! perhaps needless to say, i had the place to myself.
the capitol building
the old capitol inn where i stayed
really good smoked turkey bbq!
next entry - a city that truly deserves its own post - SELMA, ALABAMA
be ready for some long winded civil rights facts!!!!