Come explore the MFA's gay side with Professor Andrew Lear! These tours have been very popular in the past, and we're excited to offer them again.
In art circles, it is well known that Boston's MFA has the world's greatest collection of same-sex Classical art, a collection started by the great early 20th century gay collector Edward Perry Warren, also the owner of the British Museum's Warren cup. It is less well known that the MFA's collections are extraordinarily rich in LGBT art of other cultures as well. On this tour, we will see LGBT art ranging from a luridly erotic Renaissance Christ to an intersex figure that (we bet) you've never noticed in a famous Impressionist canvas.
Andrew Lear is the foremost expert on same-sex love in ancient Greek art. In the last few years, he has started Oscar Wilde Tours (http://oscarwildetours.com) a company dedicated to showing travelers the gay past. He spoke to the HGSC in November 2014 on LGBT history at the British National Portrait Gallery, and he led a series of MFA tours for us last year from February to April.
When: at . [NOTE: February 8, 15, and 22 are sold out]
Where: MFA, ground-floor rotunda. Note that this is an HGSC event, not an MFA event. Museum entry is free evenings (after 4), so you can just enter without explaining that you are on a tour, and the MFA staff will not have information. We will be waiting for you in the rotunda, starting at 6. Please leave yourself extra time for entrance and coatroom lines: these can be long on free evenings.
Price: $25. Because these tours are very popular, it is necessary to reserve/prepay, which you can do by clicking on 'Book Now' from this page: http://www.oscarwildetours.com/museum-fine-arts/