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

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Opening Day Celebration: “For a New World to Come”

Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.
Featuring artists Daido Moriyama and Keiji Uematsu

Artful Thursday “Japanese Icons”

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Kirsten Cather, associate professor, department of Asian studies, University of Texas at Austin

Piety and Magnificence: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens

Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m.
Presented by Anne Woollett, curator of paintings, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and organizing co-curator of the exhibition Spectacular Rubens

13th Annual Dance Salad Festival Choreographers’ Forum

Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.

Master Tours “Unfolding Worlds”

Monday, March 30, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Presented by Christine Starkman, curator of Asian Art, Ancient to Contemporary; and Cindi Strauss, curator of Modern and Contemporary decorative arts and design

BIG Little House: Small Houses Designed by Architects

Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Presented by architect and author Donna Kacmar

Tolerance: The Spirit at the Heart of Islam

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Presented by author and research fellow Reza Shah-Kazemi

Artist’s Talk: Ernesto Neto

Monday, April 13, 7 p.m.

Artful Thursday “The Image Unfolds”

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by CORE Performance Company and CORE’s artistic director: Sue A. Schroeder

Inside the MFAH “A Passion for Rubens: Benjamin West’s History Paintings”

Friday, April 17, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Kaylin H. Weber, assistant curator of American painting and sculpture

Annual Lawndale Art Center/Design Council Lecture “Dream Cars: Innovative Designs, Visionary Ideas”

Monday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Inside the MFAH “All that Glitters: The Glassell Gold Collections at the MFAH”

Friday, April 24, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Chelsea Dacus, assistant curator of the Glassell Collections, African, Oceanic, and the Americas; and Antiquities

Inside the MFAH “American Modern: Works from the Alice C. Simkins Collection”

Friday, May 1, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Alison de Lima Greene, curator of Contemporary art and special projects

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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