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

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What It Means to Be American: Do We Still Know How to Be Good Citizens?
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Moderated by Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president for news, Houston Chronicle
• Mickey Edwards, former U.S. congressman
• Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political rhetoric, Texas A&M University
• Johann N. Neem, civil-society historian, Western Washington University, and author of “Creating a Nation of Joiners”
• Steven Petrow, columnist, Washington Post

Conquerors and Caravans: Culture and Society in Medieval Central Asia
Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

Exclusive Tour “Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950”
Monday, May 8, 1:30 & 6:30 p.m.

• The 1:30 pm tour is led by Maria Gaztambide, associate director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas.
•  The 6:30 pm tour is led by Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, who played a lead role in the international team that organized this exhibition.

Iconoclast Poetry Performance
Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.

Exclusive Tour “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats”
Monday, May 15, 1:30 & 6:30 p.m.

• The 1:30 pm tour is led by Janet O’Brien, curatorial assistant, Art of the Islamic Worlds, and an integral part of the curatorial team which installed the exhibition
• The 6:30 pm tour is led by Aimée Froom, curator, Art of the Islamic Worlds 

Fashion Fusion
Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “Mysteries and Myths of Egypt’s Female Kings” 
Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by author Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture, and chair, department of Near Eastern language and cultures, UCLA

A Conversation on “Tesseracts of Time”—A Dance for Architecture
Friday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Presented by choreographer Jessica Lang and architect Stephen Holl

Watch Online

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