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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CANTARE Christmas “Mother and Child: Songs of Love and Joy”

Saturdays, December 20, 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m.

Author Talk & Book Signing “Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Would Be King”

Sunday, December 21, 2 p.m.
Presented by Kara Cooney, associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture, UCLA

Master Tours “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River”

Mondays, January 5 & 12, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. each day
Presented by Helga Aurisch, curator, European art

Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture “Cat Lady Chic”

Friday, January 9, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Diane Lovejoy, publisher in chief

Monet at Vétheuil and Lavacourt: Crisis and Memory

Saturday, January 10, 4 p.m.
Presented by Richard Brettell, The Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics, University of Texas at Dallas

Artful Thursday “Still, Rothko, Newman, and the Triumph of American Painting”

Thursday, January 15, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Dean Sobel, PhD, director, Clyfford Still Museum

Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture “Auguste Rodin: Father of Modern Sculpture”

Friday, January 16, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Anna Tahinci, professor and head of art history, Glassell School of Art

Art + Studio “Inspired by Monet: En Plein Air Indoors”

Saturday, January 17, 1:30 p.m.

Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture “A Quick History of Photography”

Friday, January 23, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Malcolm Daniel, curator in charge of the department of photography, and curator of special projects

Beyond the Seine: Monet at Giverny

Saturday, January 24, 4 p.m.
Presented by Helga K. Aurisch, curator of European art and co-curator of the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River

Art + Wine “Spirits Along the Seine”

Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.

Inside the MFAH Friday Afternoon Lecture “We All Watch Films, but What Does a Film Curator Do?”

Friday, January 30, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Marian Luntz, curator, film and video

Artful Thursday “Devi: The Mother Goddess and Her Various Forms”

Thursday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Prema Bhat, South Indian classical vocalist

Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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