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 mfah.org/calendar.

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Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

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


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

Monday, June 1, 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 + 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


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


Opening Day Lecture “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections”

Sunday, June 14, 3 p.m.
Presented by David Bomford, interim department head, European art; and chairman, department of conservation


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 “Imperial Cameos”

Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m.
Presented by Sandra Zilker, the Glassell School of Art


“The Holy Roman Empire and the Story of a Family Called Habsburg”

Saturday, June 20, 4 p.m.
Presented by David Bomford, interim department head, European art; and chairman, department of conservation


Art + Studio “Hydrospatial Hanging Sculptures”

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


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


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


Art + Studio “Imperial Cameos”

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


Art + Studio: “Shadow Monster” Puppets

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


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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