Wine Cup with a Satyr and a Maenad (detail), 500–490 BC, attributed to Onesimos. Terracotta. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo: Hector Sandoval/Sandoval Media
Villa Premiere Presentation: SAPO featuring Buyepongo
Fridays–Sundays through February 24
| The Getty Villa
Loosely based on Aristophanes's The Frogs, SAPO takes place in the mid-1970s Latin music scene. It's a slithery world of mischief, deception, and slippery hippy lily pads where anything goes. Adapted and performed by Culture Clash, with music by Buyepongo. Tickets $20.
Scene from the Column of Trajan (detail) depicting the Roman emperor giving a speech to his troops, dedicated in AD 113, Roman, marble, from casts 202–203 in the Museo della Civiltà Romana, Rome, scene 77.
Thinking Like a Roman: How to Renew America's Polarized Landscape
Saturday, February 24, 1:00 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Can lessons from ancient Rome help resolve contemporary political struggles? While many historians are skeptical given Rome's history of conquest, slavery, and autocratic rule, classicist Joy Connolly suggests that the Roman example paves the way toward lively, civil discourse on hot-button issues. Connolly proposes that Roman thinkers, especially Cicero, can help us better understand our political values and talk with one another across personal affiliations. Free; advance ticket required.
Statue of Aphrodite (Venus Genetrix Type) (detail), 2nd century AD, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum
Drawing from Antiquity: Venus and Cupid
Saturday, February 10, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
| The Getty Villa
Known to the Romans as Venus and to the Greeks as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty appeared in fantastic stories told by ancient writers and poets. In this workshop, learn about and draw from many objects in the museum's collection depicting gods of love. This program is free.
Relief with Theater Masks, first century AD, Roman. Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum
First-Century Theater Masks Relief
A first-century AD Roman marble relief showing theatrical masks on one side, and a satyr's head and thyrsos (wand) on the other joins the Museum's collection. The object will go on display at the Getty Villa, which is undergoing a reinstallation to be completed in April 2018.
HOURS: Weds–Mon: 10 am–5 pm. Closed Tuesdays and on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25.
The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Public and scholarly programs at the Villa include lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia, and complement the interdisciplinary activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The permanent collections of the Museum and the Research Institute, changing exhibitions, the annual scholar research theme, conservation issues, theater productions, and research projects inspire programs for scholars, students, specialized professionals, and general audiences.
Admission to the Getty Villa is always free. An advance, timed ticket is required. Each Villa ticket allows you to bring up to three children ages 15 and under with you in one car. This does not apply to tickets for events, such as lectures and performances. Tickets are available online or by calling (310) 440-7300. Ticket availability is updated weekly for a two-month period. Same-day tickets may also become available online without advance notice. Parking is $15, but $10 for evening events after 5:00 p.m.