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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Art, Body & Mind “Exploring the Self—A Yogic Perspective”

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by H. R. Nagendra, S-VYASA Yoga University

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

Art + Wine “Argentina’s Liquid Gold: Malbec from Start to Finish”

Thursday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Michael Wellen, assistant curator, Latin American and Latino art; and James King, Texas Wine School

Artful Thursday: Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast”

Thursday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Matthew Dirst, artistic director, Ars Lyrica, and professor of music, Moores School of Music, University of Houston; and Yulia van Doren, soprano

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

Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

Saturday, May 30, 1 p.m.
Led by artist Grace Zuniga

Art, Body & Mind “Yogic Diet—Food for Mind & Body”

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Smitha Mallaiah, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and VYASA Houston

Art + Cuisine “Food for Thought: A Conversation on Persian Culinary Arts”

Thursday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Sussan Babaie, the Courtauld Institute of Art; Najmieh Batmanglij, cookbook author

Artful Thursday “Amazons: Warrior Women of the Ancient World”

Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University

“Fashion Fusion” Runway Show: Viennese Splendor Meets HCC Couture

Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Presented by the Museum and Houston Community College

Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

Saturday, June 27, 1 p.m.
Led by artist Grace Zuniga

Artful Thursday “Imperial Style”

Thursday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Helga Aurisch, curator, European Art

Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

Saturday, July 25, 1 p.m.
Led by artist Grace Zuniga

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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