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Newly Discovered LGBTQ Secrets of the Met

Newly Discovered LGBTQ Secrets of the Met

start date: 2020-03-28 | finish date: 2020-03-28 | time: 16:00-18:00

Gay history tour at the MET.

Join Professor Andrew Lear to explore his recent research into the stories behind the art in his new tour, “Newly Discovered LGBTQ Secrets of the Met.”

On Saturday, March 28, Out Professionals invites you to view and understand new discoveries and research by Professor Lear as he uncovers LGBTQ secrets hidden in plain sight in famous artworks. These private, two-hour explorations of homoerotic treasures from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art highlight different masterpieces with backstories of particular interest to an LGBTQ audience.

“Newly Discovered LGBTQ Secrets of the Met” highlights newly researched intriguing examples of the Met’s closely guarded homoerotica. Lear will decipher the meanings of symbols, poses, and context, while telling you the low-down on what’s really going on. Famous artists and subjects appear, but so do lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored.

During this two-hour private tour, you learn the answers to these 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?
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.


Limited to 20 persons, today’s tour departs promptly at 4 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours. Your Out Professionals ticket includes admission to the Met’s galleries, cafe and store until 9 p.m. “Newly Discovered LGBTQ Secrets at the Met” is not an official Met offering.

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. Plan to meet at the pharaoh at least 15 minutes before tour departure.

Nonmember, $55, museum entry included. Dues-paying OP Member, $45. Met Museum member or student, $45. Quick response advised: These private tours typically sell out in record time. If tickets are available, advance ticketing ends at 5pm on Friday, March 27. Walk-ins accommodated on a standby basis. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Museum member or student: Your Met or student ID is required. Pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks!



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