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MFAH Virtual Lectures


#MFAHatHome Virtual Experience

Take a seat and settle in for this special video series, as experts share insights and go behind the scenes at the MFAH.

Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Mitchell A. Codding, executive director and president of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York, discusses how the vision of one man, Hispanic Society founder Archer M. Huntington, became a phenomenal impetus in the promotion of the art and culture of the Hispanic world. This talk was presented at the MFAH in March 2020 on opening day of the exhibition Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library.


Recorded in collaboration with Art This Week Productions.

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings

Didier Ottinger, curator and deputy director of the Musée national d’art modern at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, delves into the literary sources that inspired painter Francis Bacon. This February 2020 lecture was given in conjunction with preview events for the exhibition Francis Bacon: Late Paintings, which Ottinger curated.


Recorded in collaboration with Art This Week Productions.

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings

Alison de Lima Greene, MFAH curator of modern and contemporary art, explores Francis Bacon’s depiction of the human form and the major themes that dominate the artist’s later works. This February 2020 lecture was presented on opening day of the exhibition Francis Bacon: Late Paintings.


Recorded in collaboration with Art This Week Productions.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Sarah Kennel, the Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, looks at the genesis, and the enduring beauty and power, of photographer Sally Mann’s family pictures. “Flashes of the Finite” examines the role of these images as a cultural touchstone for issues such as childhood, motherhood, and the boundaries between public and private. This lecture was presented at the MFAH in the spring of 2019 in conjunction with the exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings.


Recorded in collaboration with Art This Week Productions.

Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks

David Bomford, organizing co-curator of Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, discusses the exhibition in this March 2018 lecture at the MFAH. Michelangelo and the Vatican featured masterworks by Michelangelo and his contemporaries, predecessors and successors, including Raphael, Rubens, Tintoretto, and Titian. The exhibition highlighted the artistic legacy of Pope Paul III and the vital role that drawing played in art production throughout Europe in the late 15th and 16th centuries.


Recorded in collaboration with Art This Week Productions.

Degas: A New Vision

2016 Shartle Symposium
In this series of lectures, renowned Degas scholars celebrate different aspects of Edgar Degas’s restless genius, as revealed in the 2016–2017 exhibition Degas: A New Vision.

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• The Private Collection of Edgar Degas
• Degas’s Families
• Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty
• Degas & the 20th Century
• Edgar Degas’s Sculptures: An Inside Look