The Museum offers a wide range of lectures, concerts, readings, performances, symposia, films, workshops, and more throughout the year!

For many events, you may order tickets in advance. Pricing varies, and some programs are free. For specifics about each event, use the links below or visit

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Raised on a Blue Note: Margaret Bonds and the Untapped History of Black Women’s Intellectual Culture
Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m.

Presented by Tammy L. Kernodle, professor of musicology, Miami University, Ohio; and musician Damien Sneed

Exclusive Tour “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography”
Monday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography

Calligraphy Demonstration
Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m.

Presented by Haji Noor Deen, master calligrapher 

Happy Hour Thursday “Tango Night”
Thursday, September 26, 5 p.m.

Stories about Love & Sex—The Kama Sutra: Challenging the Stereotype
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.

“Archaeology Now” lecture presented by Sushma Jansari, Tabor Foundation Curator, South Asia Collections, British Museum

Opening-Day Lecture Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme
Sunday, September 29, 3 p.m.

Presented by Dena M. Woodall, associate curator, prints and drawings

Author Benjamin Moser on Sontag: Her Life and Work
Monday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Art Encounters: Community Prints
Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.

Käthe Kollwitz: The Art of Resistance
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Louis Marchesano, the Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and former curator of prints and drawings at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles

Fall Festival: Celebrating Latinx Heritage
Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kogei: The Art of Japanese Craft
Sunday, October 13, 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art

Opening-Day Lecture Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection
Sunday, October 20, 3 p.m.

Presented by Ann Dumas, consulting curator of European art, MFAH; and curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Henry Cisneros on “Building Equitable Cities”
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Stories of the Afterlife─Death in Life: Egypt’s Fascination
Thursday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.

“Archaeology Now” lecture presented by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology, American University in Cairo

The World of Japanese Prints
Sunday, November 3, 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art

Happy Hour Thursday “Tango Night”
Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m.

Stories of the Hero’s Journey—Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages
Thursday, January 9, 6:30 p.m.

“Archaeology Now” lecture presented by Irving Finkel, assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, the British Museum, London

Stories of Creation—Popul Vuh: The Dawn of Life
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.
“Archaeology Now” lecture presented by Genner Llanes-Ortiz, assistant professor of archaeology, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Watch Online

Watch recordings of the Shartle Symposium lectures on Degas: A New Vision.
View videos here.