•  $30 MFAH members
•  $35 Nonmembers
•  $15 Students (with ID)
Price includes a box lunch on Saturday. Register by February 3 to receive a $5 discount (does not apply to student pricing).

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Learn more about the Saturday speakers.

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 

Tickets for The 6th Biennial David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture & the Texas Experience
Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:30 a.m.

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Adult $35.00
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Student $15.00
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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.

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