28 flights up and looking north from 24th and Lex.
We took a trip over to the International Center for Photography to see the new exhibition, “Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.” They’ve assembled a pretty stunning collection. Many of the photos address the horrendous brutality and cruelty of the segregated apartheid system, and these pictures are without question deeply stirring and upsetting.Although these images never fail to shock and outrage, what I personally found eye-opening about this particular exhibit were the photos and archival videos that depicted what daily life was like under apartheid. I’m talking about the day to day stuff that you don’t get in a history book or newspaper archive. These depict slice of life, getting-the-groceries, mundane happenings of every day existence but in the broader context of what was happening in South Africa at the time these images have a much richer and more complex resonance. It offers a glimmer of understanding how ordinary people of all colors lived, prayed, shopped, laughed, worked and died under a terrible and racist regime of government.
The ICP did an impressive job telling this story, and it’s a great facility in which to view it. It will be running through January 6th, 2013. Please go see it.
Behind and unassuming curtain and a set of worn velvet ropes in the lobby of Le chic Parker Meridien hotel is an establishment that serves up of the best feet-on-the-ground no b*** s*** burgers in the city.
There is almost always a line to get into the crazily downscale Burger Joint where you’ll get your paws on one of their juicy gems. The place is packed with just about every language on the face of the planet and the walls are covered in old movie posters, hand scribbled notes and the ubiquitous signed celebrity headshots. The pricing gets me every time. $6.89 for a burger. $7.35 for a cheeseburger. $5.51 if you want anything on them. $1.38 for fries or a whole pickle. $5.05 for a cup of beer or red wine. And the priceless note at the end of the menu, “If you don’t see it, we don’t have it!” This one is a classic and worth the wait as long as the line hasn’t made it through the lobby and onto the street.