Virginia and Ira Jackson created an endowment in 1998 to fund an annual lecture at the Museum on the collecting and connoisseurship of prints and drawings. Free and open to the public, the Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture is the only program of its type in the United States.

This lecture receives generous funding from the Virginia and Ira Jackson Endowment Fund at the MFAH.



Past Events in This Series

Käthe Kollwitz: The Art of Resistance

This talk explores the work of German printmaker Käthe Kollwitz, known for her social and political imagery; her representations of grief, suffering, and struggle; and her ideas about artistic and political labels. 

Transformed by Light: Inspirations, Materials, and Techniques of Van Gogh’s Drawings

This illustrated presentation looks at how Van Gogh’s methods, range of media and paper, ideas about color, and his strong opinions regarding his graphic work were fundamental to his changing goals and style.


Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Late in his career, Rembrandt created 23 meticulous drawings of emperors, princes, and courtiers from India. J. Paul Getty Museum curator Stephanie Schrader discusses this extraordinary group of drawings.


The Unabashedly Beautiful Prints of Helen Frankenthaler

Suzanne Boorsch, a leading authority on Helen Frankenthaler’s work, explores the artist’s achievements in printmaking.


Between Thought and Expression: The Etchings of Lucian Freud

The 19th Annual Virginia and Ira Jackson Lecture is presented by Jennifer Farrell, associate curator, drawings and prints, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lucian Freud, one of the most notable figures in postwar British art, was widely celebrated for his powerful and moving images of friends, family members, associates, and others who, in the words of the artist, “interested him.”