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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Master Tours “For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979”

Monday, July 6, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Led by organizing curator Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator, photography; and catalogue essayist Allison Pappas, curatorial assistant, photography


Art + Studio “Shadow Monster” Puppets

Saturday, July 11, 1 p.m.
Presented by Greg Ruhe, Puppet Pizzazz


Talk & Demonstration “Dressed in Armor”

Saturday, July 11, 2 p.m.
Presented by armor expert Dez Armstrong


Géza von Habsburg Talks about the Great Habsburg Collectors and the Birth of the Vienna Kunstkammer

Saturday, July 11, 4 p.m.
Presented by Géza von Habsburg, International Friends of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Show & Tell “Armor Display & Fencing Demonstrations”

Sunday, July 12, 2 p.m.
Presented by armor expert Dez Armstrong, and two fencers and a fencing coach from Salle Mauro Fencing Academy, Houston


Art + Wine “The Habsburgs’ Cellar: The Homeland and East”

Thursday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by 
• Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi; co-curator of "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections"
• Benjamin Roberts, sommelier, Republic National Distributing Company


Art + Studio “Imperial Cameos”

Saturday, July 18, 1 p.m.
Presented by Sandra Zilker, the Glassell School of Art


Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

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


Artful Thursday “Imperial Style”

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


Art + Studio “Shadow Monster” Puppets

Saturday, August 1, 1 p.m.
Presented by Greg Ruhe, Puppet Pizzazz


Splendor and Spectacle in the Viennese Court

Saturday, August 1, 4 p.m.
Presented by Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi; co-curator of "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections"


Art, Body & Mind “Yoga for Couples: Strengthening Relationships”

Thursday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by:
• Smitha Mallaiah, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and VYASA Houston
• Vishwarup Nanjundappa, VYASA Houston


Art + Studio “Imperial Cameos”

Saturday, August 15, 1 p.m.
Presented by Sandra Zilker, the Glassell School of Art


Art + Wine “The Habsburgs’ Cellar: Western Kingdoms”

Thursday, August 20, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by
• Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; co-curator of "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections"
• Benjamin Roberts, sommelier, Republic National Distributing Company


Art + Writing: “Shadow Monsters” & American Art

Saturday, August 22, 2 p.m.
Presented by Elizabeth White-Olsen, Writespace


Vienna’s Spectacular Treasure Trove of Old Master Paintings

Saturday, August 22, 4 p.m.
Presented by Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; co-curator of "Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections"


Master Tours “Habsburg Splendor”

Monday, August 24, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Led by exhibition co-curators Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; and Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi


Artful Thursday “beyond the shadow of a doubt”

Thursday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Houston Ballet Academy


Feng Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement

Thursday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Master Yanyi, author and feng shui expert


Master Tours “Habsburg Splendor”

Monday, August 31, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Led by exhibition co-curators Helga Aurisch, curator of European art; and Christine Gervais, associate curator, decorative arts and Rienzi


Art + Studio “Shadow Monster” Puppets

Saturday, September 5, 1 p.m.
Presented by Greg Ruhe, Puppet Pizzazz


Art + Writing “Photography/Memory: Capturing the Ethereal”

Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m.
Presented by Elizabeth White-Olsen, Writespace


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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