WHO ARE THE ’SHADY LADIES’ WHO MERIT A SPOT AT THE MET?

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WHO ARE THE ’SHADY LADIES’ WHO MERIT A SPOT AT THE MET?
Start:
July 16, 2016 11:00 am
End:
July 16, 2016 4:00 pm
Updated:
June 9, 2016
Venue:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Address:
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1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, United States

OUT PROFESSIONALS PRESENTS ‘SHADY LADIES OF THE MET,’ EYE-OPENING TOURS WITH ANDREW LEAR.

On Saturday, July 16, Out Professionals offers OP Members and friends a choice of departures of “Shady Ladies of the Met Museum.”

These private, eye-opening tours are conducted by Classicist and art historian Andrew Lear. Your ticket includes admission to the Met’s galleries, bars and cafe until 8:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets for:

Sat., July 16, at 11 a.m.
Sat., July 16, at 2 p.m.

From Ancient Greek “hetaerae” to Sargent’s Madame X, the women Lear characterizes as “Shady Ladies” wielded untold influence as members of the political or cultural elites. They fascinated patrons and artists alike, from Praxiteles to Titian to Manet.

Who were these women? What were their stories? To find out, join Lear in a witty, provocative exploration of the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings.

  • Find evidence of the complex culture of high-end prostitution in the art of ancient Greece and Renaissance Italy.
  • Discover depictions of Venus in the Met’s permanent collection —and their relationship to ladies of the night
  • Learn about the officially unassailable role of the royal mistress in France and England.
  • Puzzle over the plenitude of prostitutes (high- and low-end) in French 19th century society and art.
  • See scandalous evidence in 19th century American art of the role of sexually powerful women.

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. “Shady Ladies” is not an official Met offering.

 

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WHAT’S UP

“Shady Ladies of the Met,” identical, private tours of the Met Fifth Avenue, for Members and friends of Out Professionals. Each two-hour tour is limited to 20 persons. Quick response advised: OP Met tours typically sell out in days.

WHERE

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 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 crowds. Meet at the pharaoh at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour. Your action-packed, two-hour tour departs on time!

ADMISSION BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY

Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met member or student, $35; Met or student ID required for museum entry. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, July 15. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Sorry, no walk-ins.

IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!

A 12-month individual Out Professionals membership (new or renewal) PLUS one ticket to this distinguished event is just $95. And remember, that buys you a year’s worth of low-cost or no-cost OP networking and socializing. Join here.

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