SOLD OUT. NO WALK-INS.
OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO ENJOY AN EYE-OPENING PRIVATE TOUR OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
On Saturday, March 19, Members and friends of Out Professionals meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a private tour of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection, conducted by Classicist and art historian Andrew Lear.
Our tour explores some of the Met’s prize homoerotica, from ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting to works from the Renaissance and the present day, many expressing same-gender desire. Famous artists and subjects appear, but so do lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored, including phallic totems from the Met’s Oceania collection.
Near “Portrait of a German Officer” (above right), a monumental painting by Marsden Hartley memorializing his lover, who died at 24, is “Gertrude Stein” (above left) the famous writer and expatriate, as painted by Pablo Picasso. And then there’s “The Horse Fair,” by the French artist Rosa Bonheur, who portrayed herself dressed as a man because women were barred from such events.
Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history. For Lear’s insights on just one of the works included in our tour, visit The Gay and Lesbian Review.
Private midday tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, highlighting masterpieces with backstories of particular interest to an LGBT audience. Tour is limited to 20 persons, departs promptly at 11 a.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Your ticket admits you to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: 4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street. Ascend the main staircase and gather inside, just to the right, near the coat check. Operated by Oscar Wilde Tours, this event is not an official Met offering.
All, please print and pocket a copy of your online receipt. Met Member or student: Met or student ID is required for museum entry. Sorry, no walk-ins.