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Gaetano Pesce’s Pratt Chair  

Beautiful Deviants
MoMA’s Architecture and Design Gallery debuts a new show this week about the cross-pollinating family trees of product design. The exhibition, “Standard Deviations,” focuses on the ways that factory-produced goods can be reinvented in endless ways. Objects on view include Gaetano Pesce’s Pratt Chair, one of nine seats of the same design that morph from slumping, unusable masses to rigid, functioning forms, depending on the density of resin in the chair mold (11 W. 53rd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-708-9400; March 2–January 31, 2012).

A Temporary Cyber Bazaar
Online vendors of bright and airy housewares Serena & Lily are switching gears this week, opening a web-only pop-up shop focusing on vintage and contemporary artwork. The digital gallery, or the Bazaar, as they’re calling it, features work by artists like Andrzej Michael Karwacki, Catherine Mackey, Julie Weiman, and Sara Westover for six days, or until they sell out (; through March 2).

India’s New Urbanism
Continuing its look at the sustainable development of modern Indian cities, the New York Center for Architecture is screening Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s eighties Hindi film about street life of Mumbai. A Q&A session with the director follows the movie, which is part of the center’s “Jugaad Urbanism” exhibit, centering on products, prototypes, and artwork from India’s rapidly changing city centers (536 La Guardia Place; 212-683-0023; Friday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.; $10).


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