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.

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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Members Lecture
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Friday, June 22, 6 p.m.

Presented by Cindi Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design

Opening-Day Talk
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.

Presented by Joris Laarman, artist, and Cindi Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design

Hear the Art! A Walking Concert by Cantare Houston
Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.

Music on the Plaza
Friday, June 29, 5 p.m.

Featuring AFA Summer Music Festival (Sing Out! cabaret students)

Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
“Canaletto and the Art of Venice” from the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30, 3 p.m.

Miniature-Design Workshop: Inspired by Joris Laarman Lab
Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m.

Exclusive Tour 
Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Monday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.

Led by Beatrice Chan, curatorial assistant, Asian art

Music on the Plaza
Friday, July 13, 5 p.m.

Featuring Amin Safari (Fusion flamenco/pop)

Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
“Manet: Portraying Life” from the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14, 3 p.m.

Exclusive Tour
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.

Led by Marissa Hershon, curatorial assistant for decorative arts, craft, and design

Music on the Plaza
Friday, July 27, 5 p.m.

Featuring Da Camera (Jazz)

Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
“Cézanne: Portraits of a Life” from the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28, 3 p.m.

Music on the Plaza
Friday, August 3, 5 p.m.

Featuring the Heights Funk Collective (Funk/rock)

Music on the Plaza
Friday, August 10, 5 p.m.

Featuring Patric Johnston (Indie folk rock)

Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
“Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” from the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11, 3 p.m.

Music on the Plaza
Friday, August 17, 5 p.m.

Featuring DJ Gracie Chavez & Batala Houston (Club/dance and samba reggae percussion)

Armchair Travel: Exhibition on Screen
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: “A Bigger Picture” & “82 Portraits and One Still Life”

Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25, 3 p.m.

Exclusive Tour
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Monday, September 10, 6:30 p.m.

Led by Cindi Straussthe Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of decorative arts, craft, and design

Watch Online

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