Spending the holiday season in NYC, allowed us to reconnect and revisit our favorite spots. One of them is the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a special place in my heart. Its former curator Marilyn Johnson, who was responsible for some of the seminal exhibitions that came to shape the Wing in the 80s, after it went through a major expansion, was my mentor. Aside from some famed works exhibited in the painting galleries, such as John Singer Sargent's “Madame X,” the collection of decorative arts and the remarkable period rooms are so comprehensive and intriguing that you can spend hours wondering through what feels like a museum within a museum. The American Wing features such iconic examples as the magical staircase from Chicago Stock Exchange Building by Louis Henry Sullivan, created in the 1890 and acquired by the Met in 1972 (photo above). All images, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.