Gay History and Art Tours of New York

Join us for an entirely new concept: an exploration of homoerotic art in the Metropolitan Museum. On this tour, we discover some of the Met’s queer treasures, from ancient Greek nudes and erotic vase-painting (on which Professor Lear is a world expert) to homoerotic paintings from the Renaissance—as well as a panoply of modern works, some by LGBT artists, some portraying LGBT people and some expressing same-sex desire.

We learn about famous pieces—from Caravaggio's Musicians to Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein—but in addition we explore lesser-known artists and works that are often ignored.

And we delve into the fascinating forms of homosexuality in other cultures, such as same-sex initiation rites in New Guinea, represented in the Met’s Oceania collection. It’s all part of the hidden gay story in one of the great museums of the world, which you’ll never look at the same way again.

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This two-hour tour of gay art and artists was a complete delight. Prof. Lear is a very knowledgeable and personable guide. The focus was on European art from the Ancients to the Moderns (with a brief detour to New Guinea). Prof. Lear shed new light on the often-overlooked gay subtext of paintings and sculptures, and offered valuable insights into the lives and loves of gay and lesbian artists. Highly recommended!”
The tour of the Met was amazing! Prof. Lear is quite knowledgable about gay and lesbian history in art and presented the information in an enthusiastic and interesting manner. Forget about a dry, watered down tour... this was real and I felt much more connected to the art and artistes than I ever have on any other tour. Bravo, what a great idea! Highly recommended.”
Adam K.
I went on the tour last Saturday and had heard how good it was, but I didn't know I'd be dropping out half the tour knowledge all week in conversations and projects I'd be working on! It really was a meaty gay history romp through the Met, and Professor Lear was funny and kind. Lots of unexpected tidbits and a lot of love in this tour. Highly recommended!

What’s Included

museum admission

Tour Destinations

New York: New York

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