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NYC museum exhibits to check out now

With the cooler months a perfect time to spend an afternoon contemplating culture and how it enriches this mortal coil, we offer seven ongoing shows that are worth your brain cells, time and dollars.

"Crossing Brooklyn"

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"Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond" at the Brooklyn Museum: Focusing on Kings County as an art epicenter, the new show proffers more than 100 works by 35 Brooklyn-based artists and collectives approaching art that pushes beyond museum walls (including "Topiary," pictured, by Nina Katchadourian). Appropriately, the exhibit spills from the galleries onto the museum grounds. Through Jan. 4.

Info: 200 Eastern Parkway; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection"

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"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Get close to greatness by surrounding yourself with works by noted cubists Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso. Shown in its entirety for the first time, the collection includes 81 pieces total, covering painting, sculpture, drawing and collage. Through Feb. 16

Info: 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at The Museum of Modern Art: When Henri Matisse turned to paper and scissors in the 1940s, his creations, including 1947's "Two Masks (The Tomato)," pictured, became known as cut-outs. Culling 100-some of such works, which range from modest in size to murals, the exhibit is the "most extensive presentation of the cut-outs ever mounted," per MoMA.Through Feb. 8.

Info: 11 W 53rd St.; 212-708-9400, moma.org

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