OUT PROFESSIONALS LAUNCHES ‘FURTHER SECRETS OF THE MET,’ AN ALL-NEW EDITION OF OUR MUSEUM BLOCKBUSTER, WITH PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR.
On Saturday, July 15, Out Professionals welcomes OP Members and friends to “Further Secrets of the Met,” an all-new edition of our earlier blockbuster tour, “Secrets of the Met.” Like its predecessor, this exploration of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is conducted by Professor Andrew Lear.
“Further Secrets of the Met” highlights more intriguing examples of the museum’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 can be easy to miss. Special treat: A look-in at “Irving Penn: Centennial,” featuring images of gay celebrities by the great American photographer.
Each of the paintings above contains a surprising secret.
- Is this maiden really a maiden?
- Is this Renaissance gentleman vamping?
- How did this glamorous actress make her husband unhappy?
During this all-new, two-hour private tour, you learn the answers to those and other intriguing questions:
- Why are the penises of Greek statues undersized?
- Why do lace and feathers adorn male aristocrats? Were these men really straight?
- Why is Sappho shown seizing her breast?
For Lear’s peerless insights on just one of the works in the Met’s unrivaled collection, visit The Gay and Lesbian Review.
A four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Andrew Lear has taught art history and Classics at Harvard, Columbia and NYU. Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the first company to offer tours focused on LGBT history, and the winner of the Travel Industry’s 2016 Travvy Award for best escorted tour operator, LGBT; and the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.
“Further Secrets of the Met,” all-new edition of our earlier blockbuster, “Secrets of the Met.” This private tour highlights masterpieces with backstories of particular interest to an LGBT audience. The 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 9 p.m. “Secrets of the Met” and “Further Secrets of the Met” are not official Met offerings.
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
Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, Met Museum member or student, $45. Quick response advised: tours typically fill in record time. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, July 14. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Walk-ins (exact cash, please) accommodated on a standby basis.
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