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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Art + Wine “Spirits Along the Seine”

Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.

Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture “We All Watch Films, but What Does a Film Curator Do?”

Friday, January 30, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Marian Luntz, curator, film and video

Hermes Mallea: A Caribbean Caper

Monday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Hermes Mallea, architect and author of “Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour and Great Houses of Havana

Opening Day Lecture “The Seductive Power of Rubens”

Sunday, February 15, 3 p.m.
Presented by Alejandro Vergara, curator of Flemish and Northern European paintings, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid; organizing co-curator of the exhibition Spectacular Rubens; and coauthor of the exhibition catalogue

Artful Thursday “Devi: The Mother Goddess and Her Various Forms”

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Prema Bhat, South Indian classical vocalist

Master Tours “Spectacular Rubens”

Monday, February 23, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Presented by David Bomford, interim department head, European art; chairman, department of conservation

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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