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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Inside the MFAH “Silver: An American Art”

Friday, October 3, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi

Struck by Lightning: Giuseppe Penone and the Forces of Nature

Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m.
Presented by Alison de Lima Greene, curator of Contemporary art & special projects

Lecture & Meditation “The Human Quest to Be Happy”

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Sri Gaurangbhai Nanavaty, acharya, Chinmaya Mission Houston

Inside the MFAH “Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today”

Friday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Anne Wilkes Tucker, The Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography

Artful Thursday “Ravel and Debussy on the Seine”

Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.
Musicians from the Houston Symphony perform in conjunction with "Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River," featuring commentary by Helga Aurisch, curator of European art and co-curator of the exhibition

Inside the MFAH “Fangs, Feathers, and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art”

Friday, October 17, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Chelsea Dacus, assistant curator, the Glassell Collections; the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and Antiquities

“Remember Ben Clayton”: A Conversation with Author Stephen Harrigan and Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Presented by author Stephen Harrigan and Mimi Swartz, executive editor, Texas Monthly

Artist’s Talk: Photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen on “The Naked Eye”

Monday, October 27, 7 p.m.

17th Annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture “Soul of the Underground: The Art of Jean Dubuffet”

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Sarah Suzuki, associate curator, department of drawings and prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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”

“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

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.

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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