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Ask the Expert: Top Three Museum Exhibitions

Stay warm and take in a day at the museum with recommendations by concierge Renee Rinaldo of Martha Washington Hotel.

This time of year, it’s great to get out of the cold and spend some quality time indoors. And, what better way to stay warm plus take in the city’s many cultural offerings than by spending a day at the museum? Here, Renee Rinaldo, concierge at Martha Washington Hotel (29 E. 29th St., 212.689.1900), shares her top three museum exhibitions to see.

Martha Washington Hotel
Renee Rinaldo, concierge at Martha Washington Hotel (Courtesy Martha Washington Hotel)

Currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire is “an incredible display of historical garments, with pieces dating between 1815 and 1915,” Rinaldo says. “A high esteem for fashion, along with strict societal expectations, had women adorning certain styles of black clothing for as long as two years to indicate their loss of a loved one.” The exhibition includes a gown worn by Queen Victoria, who remained in black her entire life after the death of her husband, Prince Albert. The exhibit will remain on view thru February 1, 2015.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Evening dress, c. 1861, on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (©The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Karin L. Willis)

At the Brooklyn Museum, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe “celebrates a woman's most coveted, ever-alluring accessory,” Rinaldo says. “These shoes are elevated to highlight the artistry involved in each exquisite design.”  Footwear-focused fashionistas and other visitors can expect to find creations by Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Elsa Schiaparelli and more. “Make the trek out to Brooklyn and begin the New Year with a step in the right direction,” Rinaldo exclaims. The exhibit is on view thru March 1, 2015.

Museum of Modern Art
See cutouts like these—at Matisse’s studio at Hôtél Regina, Nice, c. 1953—at Museum of Modern Art. (©Lydia Delectorskaya (©2014 Succession H. Matisse)

“Don't miss the exhibit of a lifetime, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art,” Rinadlo advises. The popular exhibit, with an extended showing thru February 10, 2015, showcases “a complete presentation of the final, most admired works of the artist—where he used colored paper and scissors as his medium to create fantastic collages in his signature style,” Rinaldo explains, adding that museumgoers should make sure to purchase advanced tickets. The museum has special operating hours for the remainder of the exhibit. For more information, click here.