Events & Programs for Adults

The Museum offers a wide range of lectures, concerts, readings, performances, symposia, films, and more in Brown Auditorium Theater, designed by renowned Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Often, the programs are followed by receptions with the opportunity for the audience to meet the speakers, authors, performers, and other special guests.

For most events, you may secure tickets in advance. Pricing varies, with many tickets being free on Thursday and free with Museum admission on other days. For details about tickets to each event, click on the dates below or visit mfah.org/calendar.

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Yoga Talk and Practice “Understanding the Self: A Yogic Perspective”

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Talk and guided meditation presented by Smitha Mallaiah, assistant director, VYASA—Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Houston, and mind-body specialist, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s integrative medicine program. Yoga practice led by Vishwarupa N, director, VYASA Houston.


Inside the MFAH “Connoisseurship: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?”

Friday, September 26, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art


Exhibition Celebration “Spirited Impressions: A Kinder Foundation Education Center Exhibition”

Sunday, September 28, 2 p.m.
Kinder Foundation Gallery, Caroline Wiess Law Building


Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “On [Hair]Pins and Needles: Roman Hairstyles”

Sunday, September 28, 3 p.m.
Presented by Janet Stephens, hairdresser and archaeologist


Artist’s Talk “Julio César Morales: Subterranean Homesick Cumbia”

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.


Inside the MFAH “Silver: An American Art”

Friday, October 3, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi


Struck by Lightning: Giuseppe Penone and the Forces of Nature

Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m.
Presented by Alison de Lima Greene, curator of Contemporary art & special projects


Inside the MFAH “Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today”

Friday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Anne Wilkes Tucker, The Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography


Artful Thursday “Ravel and Debussy on the Seine”

Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European Art, and the Houston Symphony


Inside the MFAH “Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art”

Friday, October 17, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Chelsea Dacus, assistant curator, the Glassell Collections; the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and Antiquities


“Remember Ben Clayton”: A Conversation with Author Stephen Harrigan and Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Presented by author Stephen Harrigan and Mimi Swartz, executive editor, Texas Monthly.



Artist’s Talk: Photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen on “The Naked Eye”

Monday, October 27, 7 p.m.


“Conversations with the Director” Gary Tinterow Talks with Michael York

Monday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.
Museum director Gary Tinterow sits down with actor Michael York. Followed by a film screening of "Cabaret" (1972).


Art + Wine “The Seine: South to Burgundy”

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.


Artful Thursday “Why You Can’t Have a Theory of Art without Really Trying”

Thursday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Christy Mag Uidhir, PhD, assistant professor, department of philosophy, University of Houston.


Art + Wine “The Seine: North to Champagne”

Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

See a list of lectures in the 2011 "Impressionists" series, including many links to videos.