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I recently came across this family photograph taken, I believe, in my uncle’s apartment in Manhattan sometime in the 1950s (it could also be late 1940s or even into the 1960s). I was immediately struck by the Chemex coffeemaker on the stove. Developed in 1941 in Western Massachusetts, the Chemex coffeemaker, made of borosilicate glass with a wood collar and tie, is perfectly functional in its clean, modern design that has remained virtually the same these last 70 years. It is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and, it makes quite a fine cup of coffee. www.chemexcoffeemaker.com   

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Traveling Lady, Jessica Mitrani and Rossy de Palma, a multimedia performance piece that “explores and explodes feminine archetypes and stereotypes.” Traveling Lady will have its world premiere Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at French Institute Alliance Française Florence Gould Hall, as part of FIAF’s annual Crossing the Line Festival. www.fiaf.org  

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Photograph by Brian Duffy: Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Design: Brian Duffy and Celia Philo; make up: Pierre La Roche. © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive

David Bowie Is, the first exhibition on the career of David Bowie, opens tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Containing more than 300 objects including set designs, costumes, film and photographs culled from the David Bowie Archive, this landmark show originated in London and will travel to Paris, Australia and The Netherlands. David Bowie Is runs through January 4 at MCA Chicago, the only US stop on its tour. 

www.mcachicago.org

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Irving Sandler: Out of Tenth Street Into the Sixties, a most fascinating exhibition that just opened at the Loretta Howard Gallery, 525-531 West 26th Street, NYC. Curated by the celebrated art historian and critic Irving Sandler, this show offers an insider view on the shift away from Abstract Expressionism in American art from the mid 1950s into the early 1960s. On view until October 11. www.lorettahoward.com