Gay Block, Jo Ann Callis, and Catherine Opie on stage at the Getty Center
Hear from scholars, artists, and critics offering diverse perspectives and provocative interpretations about art on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa and about important issues in the visual arts and related disciplines.

Programs range from lectures for a general audience to seminars and symposia with a scholarly focus. We also offer a wide range of lecture and conversation series.

Programs at the Getty Villa explore the art and culture of the ancient Mediterranean from the perspectives of experts in a variety of fields, including art history, archaeology, classics, and conservation.

Event Highlights


All upcoming lectures and conversations are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center


Getty Perspectives:
James Cuno and John Currin

Sunday, September 14, 2014,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno and artist John Currin discuss how classical painting shaped Currin's modern interpretation of the form. Their conversation considers Currin's works in the Broad collections and classical paintings at the Getty.

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At the Getty Villa


Performing Persia: Cultural Exchange and Visual Power in Aeschylus's Persians
Saturday, September 13, 2014,
2:00p.m.
Getty Villa, Villa Auditorium

Centered on the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., Aeschylus's play tells of Greek victory over the Persians and the impact on an imagined Persian court. Rebecca Kennedy of Denison University examines the complex historical and dramatic context of this Greek tragedy, considering its potential reception by a diverse ancient audience. Free; a ticket is required.

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Video and audio of a selection of past lectures and conversations are available online.

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