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Art Basel 2021

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Chris Schanck

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To learn more about his favorite spots in Detroit, Whitewall spoke with the artist Chris Schanck. 

BEST-KEPT SECRET IN DETROIT
When I crave something special I head to Rose’s Fine Foods on Detroit's East side. Rose’s was always a favorite brunch spot with a charming Wes Anderson vibe, and thankfully they've made an elegant post-pandemic transition to an equally delightful takeaway spot. Grab a variety of their sweets and savories, pantry staples, a great cup of coffee, and a fortune-telling fish to go.

BEST OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH PLACE TO SEE ART
The Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum is an ambitious creation by the artist Olayami Dabls. Exterior sculptural installations lead you through the grounds on an otherworldly journey that should be capped with a tour of the bead museum itself. Inside the museum is an astonishing collection of beads to explore. The staff will kindly help you create a unique amulet or bracelet of your own to commemorate the day. 

If he is present and you’re feeling bold I suggest striking up a conversation with the artist himself, nothing like hearing about the mission directly from the source. His is a unique vision that weaves history, community and the materiality of African culture into an optimistic vision of Detroit’s future.

FAVORITE SPOT IN THE CITY TO FIND INSPIRATION 
After Rose’s I suggest taking your treats for a walk around nearby Belle Isle park. The city island park sits in the Detroit river between the United States and Canada. The island's walking trails and bodies of water can always calm an overactive mind. The island’s aquarium is my favorite piece of Detroit interior architecture and the conservatory offers a warm utopian escape in the midst of a long winter.


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