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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Artful Thursday: Houston Ballet Academy performs “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, Body & Mind “Be Still as a Mountain”

Thursday, September 3, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Master Blue Siytangco, Blue Siytangco Taiji Kungfu Academy


Artful Thursday “Saying and Seeing: To Recall and to Envision”

Thursday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate


The Habsburgs: Dangerous Liaisons, Fate, and Demise—A Story Told through the Music of Bohemian Composers

Sunday, September 13, 3 p.m.
Presented by pianist Fabio Banegas Jiříček


How Elihu Yale Made His Fortune in India and Founded Yale University

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by historian and gem expert Benjamin Zucker


Art + Cuisine “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes”

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by chef and author Adán Medrano


Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
Presented by author Annie Cohen-Solal


Artist’s Talk: Photographer Duane Michals Presents “A Socratic Dialogue”

Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Duane Michals


Artful Thursday “The Rothko Chapel: The Evolution of a Sanctuary for All”

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Eric M. Wolf, the Menil Collection


Annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture “The Art of James McNeill Whistler”

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Margaret MacDonald, University of Glasgow


Tale-ing through Time: Jewish Storytelling in “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered”

Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m. (part 1 of 3)
Presented by Rabbi Dan Gordon, Temple Beth Torah


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

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


Art + Studio Workshop “Paint a Saint”

Saturday, November 14, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Ken Mazzu, Glassell School of Art


Tale-ing through Time: Jewish Storytelling in “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered”

Sunday, November 15, 3 p.m. (part 2 of 3)
Presented by Rabbi Dan Gordon, Temple Beth Torah


Art + Studio Workshop “Rothko & Automatic Drawing”

Saturday, November 21, 1 p.m.
Presented by Brian Portman, Glassell School of Art


Art + Studio Workshop “Paint a Saint”

Saturday, December 5, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by Ken Mazzu, Glassell School of Art


Tale-ing through Time: Jewish Storytelling in “Roman Vishniac Rediscovered”

Sunday, December 20, 3 p.m. (part 3 of 3)
Presented by Rabbi Dan Gordon, Temple Beth Torah


Lecture Series Archive: Impressionists

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