To honor Bayou Bend’s founding director emeritus and his passion for American material culture, the MFAH established the David B. Warren Symposium, presented biennially since 2007. Each symposium develops a different aspect of the overall theme of American material culture and the Texas experience. The 2017 theme is “Traditions in Transition: Change and Material Culture in 19th-Century Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest.”

Friday Agenda

  • Keynote Address | 6 p.m., Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    “The Paintings of Hermann Lungkwitz as a Type of Texas Material Culture”
    Speaker: Kenneth Hafertepe, chair of museum studies department, Baylor University
  • A reception follows the keynote address.

Saturday Agenda

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks | 9:30 a.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
  • Morning Presentations | Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦ “On the Edge: The Neill-Cochran House, the Late Antebellum Era, and the Changing Face of Texas” Speaker: Rowena Houghton Dasch, executive director, Neill-Cochran House Museum
    ♦  “From the Palaces of Berlin to the Texas Frontier: The Furniture Designs of Prussian Architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel” Speaker: Serena Newmark, PhD candidate, Leibniz Universität Hannover, ​Germany
  • Lunch Break Box lunches included in registration fee
  • Afternoon Presentations | Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦  “Making the Texas Cowboy and the Tools of the Endeavor” Speaker: Bruce M. Shackelford, curator of South Texas heritage, Witte Museum
     “Portraits of Slaves in a New South” Speaker: Jennifer Van Horn, assistant professor, art history and history, University of Delaware 

The David B. Warren Symposium is made possible with  generous support from The David B. Warren Endowment;  Mr. William J. Hill; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Mrs. Fred R. Lummis; Bobbie and John Nau;  and The Summerlee Foundation.