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SCANDALS AND SECRETS HANG IN PLAIN SIGHT AT THE MET!

OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO JOIN PROFESSOR ANDREW LEAR FOR AN EYE-OPENING AFTERNOON AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.

Broken eggs symbolizing lost virginity … a lute standing in for a man’s desires … a lady’s slack shoulder strap suggesting adultery: Great art is full of hidden meanings, and more often than not, they involve sex.

On Saturday, February 2, at 1 p.m., discover the wiles that artists have employed to outwit censors. Professor Andrew Lear, four-time winner of the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, leads a new eye-opening, Out Professionals tour, “Scandals and Secrets in Plain Sight at the Met.”

Of course, polite society rarely allowed sex to be presented explicitly. But throughout the centuries, artists have used sly suggestions and concealed codes to sneak around society’s rules, leaving future generations magnificent works whose double meanings are waiting to be discovered.

Join us on a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum that shows how artists fought the censors—and won. You will discover:

  • The sex taboos of ancient Greece — so different from our own
  • How the Renaissance brought desire back into plain sight
  • The Bible as a source for moral instruction — and erotic imagery
  • Paintings that warned against vice — by depicting vice!
  • Artists who risked their careers by depicting scandalous themes

See things you might never have imagined existed in art. From crazed women worshiping the god Bacchus to Parisian prostitutes on their work break, the Metropolitan is a treasure house of works that tell us so much about sex, desire and what it means to be human.

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 of the Luxury Travel Guide’s 2016 award, LGBT Tour Operator of the Year.

WHAT’S UP

Limited to 20 persons, today’s tour departs promptly at 1 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Your Out Professionals ticket admits you to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m. “Scandals and Secrets” is not an official Met offering.

WHERE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: Q/4/5 to 86th Street, 6 to 77th Street. NOTE: Allow a minimum of 15 minutes to walk from the subway. Expect weekend crowds. Use the Met’s 81st Street entrance, left of the Main Entrance with its extensive stairs. Lines are shorter here and it will be easier to find our group near the Group Tour desk. (Repeat ticket buyers, please note: The 81st Street entrance is different from that used on previous Met tours.)

ADMISSION BY PRE-REGISTRATION

Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, Met Museum member or student, $45. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Advance ticketing ends at noon on Friday, February 1. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Walk-ins accommodated on a standby basis.

SAVE WHEN YOU JOIN OR REJOIN NOW

As a certified nonprofit, Out Professionals relies on the continuing support of our Members. Enjoy a 12-month Individual Membership PLUS admission for one to “Scandals and Secrets” — museum entry included — for just $99; final sale. By registering in advance, Members enjoy free entry at every month’s OP.LOUNGE and reduced admission at other OP events. Your Membership helps Out Professionals provide a full range of affordable LGBT programming year round.

 

Date: February 2
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, United States