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 mfah.org/calendar.

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Questions? Email lectures@mfah.org

Conversation & Book Signing “Sense of Home: Richard Stout & Jim Edwards”
Saturday, September 22, 3 p.m.

• Presented by Richard Stout, artist, and Jim Edwards, curator and writer
• Moderated by Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator, department of modern and contemporary art

Presentation & Panel: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972–1985
Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m.

Avery Brundage & Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum
Monday, September 24, 7 p.m.

Presented by Robert Mintz, PhD, deputy director of art and programs, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Kinder Institute for Urban Research Forum Lecture
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett on Innovation and the Warhol Economy

Wednesday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Presented by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

African Gold Silent Disco
Thursday, September 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Contemporary Houston Artists Film Festival at the Glassell School of Art
Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m.

Members Lecture 
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol
Saturday, October 6, 4 & 5:30 p.m.

Presented by David Bomford, Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art and Chief of Conservation, and Houston curator of “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol

Opening Day Lecture for Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol
“Kings and Queens: Royal Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, London”

Sunday, October 7, 3 p.m.

Presented by Louise Stewart, curator of 16th-century to contemporary collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and principal National Portrait Gallery curator for “Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol”

Amazing Houston Women & the MFAH
“Annette Finnigan: Building an Enlightened Houston Community”

Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by author and historian Betty Trapp Chapman

Amazing Houston Women & the MFAH
“Audrey Jones Beck: A Preeminent Benefactor of the Visual Arts in Houston”

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Steven Fenberg, author of Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good”

Portraits in the Galleries: Facilitated Drawing Program
Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.

Led by Glassell School of Art instructor Jessica Ninci

Architecture Center Houston & Design Council 2018 Sally Walsh Lecture
“What Inspires”
Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.

Presented by Suzanne Tick, founder, Suzanne Tick Inc.

Kinder Institute for Urban Research Forum Lecture
Carol Coletta on Reimagining the Civic Commons

Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.

Presented by Carol Coletta, senior fellow, Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice

Amazing Houston Women & the MFAH
“Ima Hogg: The Extraordinary Cultural Patron behind the Unusual Name” 

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.

Presented by David B. Warren, Founding Director Emeritus, Bayou Bend

Patron-Plus Members Lecture 
Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975

Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.

Presented by Tahía Rivero Ponte, chief curator, Colección Mercantil Arte y Cultura, Caracas, and organizing curator of “Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975”

Drop-in Art + Lit Discussion: Pachinko
Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m.

Symposium “Contesting Modernity: Art and Politics in Mid-Century Venezuela”
Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.

Lecture & Book Signing
Victor Lundy: Artist Architect

Tuesday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Presenters:
• Donna Kacmar, University of Houston professor and editor of “Victor Lundy: Artist Architect”
​• Contributing authors Joan M. Brierton and Stephen Fox
​• Architect Victor Lundy

Portraits in the Galleries: Facilitated Drawing Program
Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.

Led by Glassell School of Art instructor Jessica Ninci

Watch Online

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