Any of you spend much time in suburban Essex County, New Jersey, in, say, the last quarter-century? So you know Don’s, the big restaurant on South Orange Avenue in Short Hills with the decent hamburgers and the pickle bar and the sticky buns? Remember in what must have been the early-mid-eighties, when they renovated the place with all those head shots of customers happily eating and smiling, which they plastered all over the walls and on the menus? Yeah, well, apparently they’re now projecting basically the same thing on the side of the GE Building, as this summer’s public-art exhibit at Rockefeller Center. “Monument to Smile,” by Agnes Winter, launched last night.
What’s Up With Those Smiles? [NYT, second item]