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 many events, you may order tickets in advance. Pricing varies, with some programs being free on Thursday and free with Museum admission on other days. For specifics about each event, use the links below or visit mfah.org/calendar.

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Questions? E-mail lectures@mfah.org


Health & Wellness “Arts in Medicine,” Presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Led by Ian Cion, founder and director, Arts in Medicine Program, Children's Cancer Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Contemporary Art in Latin America: Play and Games in Contemporary Latin American Art

Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.
Presented by Maria Gaztambide, associate director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas


Art + Studio: “Contingent Beauty” and Mixed Media

Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m.
Presented by Jason Moodie, studio & gallery programs manager; and Nathan Dube, artist and Glassell School of Art faculty member, in conjunction with the exhibition "Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America."


Opening-Day Lecture “Behind the Headlights: Meet the Talented Engineers & Designers Who Created These Rolling Sculptures”

Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m.
Speaker: Ken Gross, guest curator of Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940, and former director, Petersen Automotive Museum


Artist’s Talk: Photographer Vera Lutter

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.


Notes of Steel: American Music in the Machine Age, 1900–1950

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Howard Pollack, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music, University of Houston


J Mays and the Theater of Transportation

Sunday, February 28, 3 p.m.
Presented by J Mays, former chief creative officer, Ford Motor Company


The Art of Ikebana Flower Arranging

Saturday, March 5, 3 p.m.
Presented by Phyllis Danielson, first degree master of the Ohara School of Ikebana


Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “Complex Bonds between Animals and Humans: Treasures from Art, Text, and Archaeology”

Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m.
Presented by Carolyn Willekes, University of Calgary


The Meeting of Korean and Western Art in the Late Joseon Period

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Yi Song-mi, professor emerita of art history, Academy of Korean Studies


Architect Tatiana Bilbao: Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Mexico City

Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.