A scintillating small exhibition in a tucked-away gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together a group of stellar New York artists who, through a number of experimental processes found innovative ways to play with color, line, composition and texture and, along the way, often found a compelling story to tell. Among several other worthy artists, “Range: Experiments in New York, 1961-2007” takes the brilliant excuse to show some of the New-York-School artist and writer Joe Brainard’s wonderful works on paper. A small collection of simply framed gouaches, collages and cut-outs, provides a luminous depiction of ordinary things and dispenses a quiet, whimsical patina on the poetry of everyday life. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 25.