Conversations with Artists & Curators


Celebrating the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

The Annual Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series
April 8–December 9, 2021

These lectures bring MFAH curators together with artists whose works shaped the inaugural installations and special commissions for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, which opened in November 2020.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.
Guillermo Kuitca in conversation with Latin American art curator Mari Carmen Ramírez and assistant curator Rachel Mohl. Learn more & watch the video

Thursday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
Aaron McIntosh
in conversation with decorative arts, craft & design curator Cindi Strauss and assistant curator Anna Walker. Learn more & watch the video

Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
Christiane Baumgartner in conversation with prints & drawings curator Dena Woodall. Learn more & watch the video

Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.
Trenton Doyle Hancock
in conversation with Alison de Lima Greene, curator of modern and contemporary art. Learn more & watch the video

Thursday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
Vik Muniz in conversation with photography curator Malcolm Daniel. Learn more & watch the video

Wednesday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
Julie Mehretu in conversation with Alison de Lima Greene, curator of modern and contemporary art. Learn more & register

Monday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Ellen Lesperance and Teresa Margolles discuss “Collectivity in Art” with Latin American art assistant curator Rachel Mohl and prints & drawings curator Dena Woodall. Learn more & register

Monday, November 1, 6:30 p.m.
Amalia Mesa-Baines and David Taylor discuss “The U.S./Mexico Border” with photography curator Malcolm Daniel and Latin American art curator Mari Carmen Ramírez.

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Vincent Valdez discusses “Witness” with Latin American art assistant curator Rachel Mohl.

Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.
Jason Salavon and Norwood Viviano discuss “Data-Driven Art” with associate photography curator Lisa Volpe and decorative arts, craft & design assistant curator Anna Walker.

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom

The Annual Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series
December 15, 2019–March 5, 2020

This series of lectures complemented the exhibitions Norman Rockwell: American Freedom and The Four Freedoms Reimagined.

“Art for a Civil Society: Norman Rockwell in the 1960s”
Presented by Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, deputy director and chief curator, Norman Rockwell Museum
“The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Vision of America”
Presented by Douglas Brinkley, author of “Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America”
“Freedom to Think & Freedom to Speak: A Rockwell Case Study”
Presented by Brian Allen, former chief curator, the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
“For Freedoms: Where Do We Go from Here?”
Presented by photographers Emily Shur and Wyatt Gallery
“Rockwell’s Home Front Imaginary”
Presented by Jennifer Greenhill, associate professor of art history, University of Southern California, Los Angeles  

Degas: A New Vision

The Annual Ruth K. Shartle Symposium
October 16–December 15, 2016

In this series of lectures, renowned Degas scholars celebrate different aspects of Edgar Degas’s restless genius as revealed in the exhibition Degas: A New Vision.

“The Private Collection of Edgar Degas”
Presented by Gary Tinterow, director of the MFAH and organizing co-curator of “Degas: A New Vision”



“Degas’s Families”
Presented by George Shackelford, deputy director, Kimbell Art Museum



“Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty”
Presented by Jodi Hauptman, senior curator, department of drawings and prints, the Museum of Modern Art, New York



“Degas & the 20th Century”
Presented by independent scholar Richard Kendall



“Edgar Degas’s Sculptures: An Inside Look”
Presented by Shelley Sturman, head of object conservation & Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About the Annual Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series
Inaugurated in 1975 by Alice Pratt Brown (Mrs. George R. Brown), a major benefactor who served 26 terms as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this annual event was established in memory of Ruth K. Shartle, a longtime Museum benefactor. William C. Agee, director of the MFAH from 1974 to 1982, described the series as a commemoration of Ruth K. Shartle’s “unstinting friendship, intellectual curiosity, and generous spirit of sharing her enthusiasm for man’s creative accomplishment, and most of all, her unselfish, fresh spirit and unfailing joy of life.”


The Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.