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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The Robert Avalon International Competition for Composers: Concert and Award Program

Saturday, November 1, 1 p.m.


Korea Day

Sunday,  November 2, 1–4 p.m.
A lineup of performances, activities, and talks for all ages


The Past Fast-forwarded: Korean Art and Culture

Sunday, November 2, 3 p.m.
Presented by Hyunsoo Woo, The Maxine and Howard Lewis Associate Curator of Korean Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and organizing curator of the exhibition “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910”


The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination

Sunday, November 2, 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Sarah Stewart, lecturer in Zoroastrianism in the department of the study of religions, SOAS, University of London


“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.


Monet and the French Landscape Tradition

Friday, November 7, 6 p.m.
Presented by Michael Clarke, director, the Scottish National Gallery


Authors’ Talk and Book Signing “Houston's Forgotten Heritage”

Sunday, November 9, 2 p.m.
Presented by authors Barrie Scardino Bradley, Katherine Howe, and Dorothy Knox Howe Houghton


Talk, Meditation & Yoga “The Human Quest for Happiness”

Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.
Talk and meditation led by Sri Gaurangbhai Nanavaty, acharya, Chinmaya Mission Houston. Yoga practice led by Shekhar Agrawal, president, Patanjali Yogpeeth (USA) Trust


Art + Studio “Inspired by Monet: En Plein Air Indoors”

Saturday, November 15, 1:30 p.m.



Rescuing the Gold: The Fascinating World of Art Theft and Recovery

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Robert K. Wittman, former FBI special agent; founder of the FBI Art Crime Team; author; and consultant to the 2014 film “The Monuments Men”


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


“Conversations with the Director” Gary Tinterow Talks with Leonard A. Lauder

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Museum director Gary Tinterow sits down with collector Leonard A. Lauder


Poetic Reflections: Monet’s Mornings on the Seine

Saturday, November 22, 4 p.m.
Presented by Tanya Paul, Isabel and Alfred Bader Curator of European Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and co-curator of the exhibition “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River”


Korean Ceramics: The Great Tradition

Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m.
Presented by Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus and senior lecturer on Chinese and Korean Art, Harvard Art Museums; senior consultant to the Asian Art departments, Christie’s auction house



Art + Wine “The Seine: North to Champagne”

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


Film Screening & Discussion “Touring Taste of Dance Salad Festival 2014”

Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.


Identity and Visual Arts: Maps of 19th-Century Korea

Sunday, December 14, 2 p.m.
Presented by Richard A. Pegg, PhD, director and curator of Asian Art, MacLean Collection, Chicago


Art + Studio “Inspired by Monet: En Plein Air Indoors”

Saturday, January 17, 1:30 p.m.


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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