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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13th Annual Dance Salad Festival Choreographers’ Forum

Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.


Art + Tea “Japanese Matcha and More”

Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Chadō instructor Masumi (Soumi) Koster and students


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


“Conversations with the Director” Thomas P. Campbell Talks with Gary Tinterow

Friday, April 10, 6 p.m.



The Year the World Changed Forever: 1968

Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.


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


Art + Sake “Types and Tastes of Japanese Sake”

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Carl Rosa, founder, Sushi Club of Houston


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


Devotional Images of the Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Traditions

Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Presented by Christiane Gruber, associate professor of Islamic art and director of graduate studies, University of Michigan


Bodycast, An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra Starring Lili Taylor

Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m.


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


ARTlines Poetry Competition: Award Winners

Thursday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.


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


The Book is on the Table: Reflections on Artist's Books and Collaborations

Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m.
Presented by Raphael Rubinstein, professor of critical studies, University of Houston, School of Art


Master Tours “Spectacular Rubens”

Monday, April 27, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Presented by David Bomford, interim department head, European art; chairman, department of conservation


Art + Cuisine “The Art of Sushi”

Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Carl Rosa, founder, Sushi Club of Houston


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


The Japanese Folding Screen: Form, Function, History, and Aesthetics

Saturday, May 9, 4 p.m.
Presented by Yukio Lippit, professor of the history of art and architecture, Japanese art, Harvard University, and director of the arts, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study


Master Tours “The Arts of the Islamic World”

Monday, May 11, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Led by Aimée Froom, curator, arts of the Islamic world


Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “China, The Swahili Coast, and Arabia: Contact in a Golden Age of Diplomacy”

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by James Delgado, director of maritime heritage, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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