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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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
Gallery Concert “Handel & Vivaldi”
Saturday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Presented by Mercury, featuring Antoine Plante, artistic director & conductor
Artist’s Talk: Photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen on “The Naked Eye”
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”
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”
Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists
See a list of lectures in the 2011 "Impressionists" series, including many links to videos.