OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO ENJOY AN EYE-OPENING PRIVATE TOUR OF THE MET WITH ANDREW LEAR.
Encore! On Saturday, April 15, Out Professionals offers OP Members and friends a choice of departures of “Secrets of the Met,” a private tour of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, conducted by Classicist and art historian Andrew Lear.
This OP tour explores some of the Met’s choicest 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), a central figure in the Parisian art world, 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. “Secrets of the Met” is not an official Met offering.
Private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, highlighting masterpieces with backstories of particular interest to an LGBT audience. Each OP tour is limited to 20 persons, departs promptly, and lasts approximately two hours. Your ticket admits you to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 8:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: Q/4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street. Ascend the main staircase and enter the Great Hall. We meet to the right, beside the 10-foot-tall Egyptian statue of a seated pharaoh. NOTE: Allow a minimum of 15 minutes to walk from the subway. Expect weekend crowds. Meet at the pharaoh at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.
ADMISSION BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY
Select a time above. Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met Museum Member or student, $35. Quick response advised: Our February and March tours sold out in record time. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, Apr. 14. Please pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Sorry, no walk-ins.
IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!
A 12-month Individual OP Membership (new or renewal, your own or a gift) PLUS one tour ticket — museum entry included — is just $95. As a Member, you help Out Professionals provide innovative LGBT programming, including low-cost or no-cost networking and socializing, year round. Choose a time and select the “1 Yr Individual Membership” option.