Has the need to create beauty been hardwired into us? Is there a straight line from cave paintings to todays masterpieces? Denis Sutton thinks so, and hell discuss his theories during todays The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution presentation. Sutton, who wrote the book his talk is based on, will explain why Mozart touches emotional chords in people from every culture and why beauty has always been as necessary as breathing for human beings throughout the ages. Meet Sutton and have him sign a copy of his book for you after the talk. 1:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. Free.
Sat., Jan. 17, 4 p.m., 2009