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

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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.

Breath: The Pulse of the Universe

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Pam Johnson, Heights School of Yoga & Lynn Birdwell, Rivet

14th Annual Dance Salad Festival Choreographers’ Forum

Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m.