Online Zoom Event: Frightful Tour of the Metropolitan Museum
Come see the Met from a different angle—as a cemetery—with corpses, magic objects, ghosts—enough to make a great creepy Halloween afternoon!
About this Event
Do you think of the Met as all Classical nudes and Renaissance Madonnas? Well, look again! In the obscure and hidden corners of the museum there’s a world of strange, unusual and sometimes chilling artifacts—things you’d never imagine are hiding in plain sight.
But they form part of our heritage, and reveal things about us that are a counterpoint to our traditional views about what constitutes art. On this intriguing two-hour tour you’ll:
Encounter the Met’s surprisingly large collection of corpses;
Learn about the vases in which the ancient Egyptians stored mummified livers, entrails and lungs—and just how important those bits and pieces were for the afterlife
Find out about New Guinea’s headhunters, and see the hooks they hung their enemies’ skulls on;
Learn why African power figures are stuck full of nails
Meet the Met’s only painting with two castrati
Discover if the cradle that rocks itself will rock for you!
Once you’ve completed this tour, you’ll see the Met as more than just a house of art—it’s also a giant cemetery, a cabinet of curios and a map to the less-explored recesses of the human mind. And you’ll realize that in addition to celebrating beauty, art also explores anxiety, death, violence and our darkest fears.
When will the Zoom link come? The Zoom invite will be sent to your email 24 hrs before the event, followed by subsequent reminder emails that will include the Zoom link. Please check your spam and social folders if you do not see it in your inbox. If you do not receive a Zoom invitation by 1hr before the event please get in contact with us. And please sign on a few minutes early, to make sure that the link works for you. We will be unavailable to help once the tour starts.
What time zone is the event scheduled? The event is scheduled for 2pm Eastern Daylight Time (i.e. New York time). You can watch it in any time zone but please adjust to the time zone you are in.
About the speaker: Professor Andrew Lear is a world-renowned expert on sexuality in art and the author of the best-known book on sexuality in Greek vase-painting. He is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours, the gay history tour company, and Shady Ladies Tours, the woman’s history tour company.