• Maya Stovall, Liquor Store Theatre, vol. 4, no. 7, 2017, HD video, color, sound, 16 minutes 13 seconds. From the series “Liquor Store Theatre,” 2014–.

    Maya Stovall

    Cranbrook Art Museum

    In Detroit, there are no bodegas, just liquor stores. This is part of why Maya Stovall’s 2014– video series “Liquor Store Theatre”—eighteen installments of which are currently on view at the Cranbrook Art Museum—could not have been made anywhere else. For Stovall, who is a Motor City native, these windowless mom-and-pops are neighborhood sanctuaries. With foreclosures of other types of businesses, liquor stores have expanded to become mini superstores additionally selling clothes, food, toys, cleaning supplies, and smoking paraphernalia.

    Each of the short videos showcased at the museum

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