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


Sonnets and Sonatas presents Swan Song: On Late Style
Wednesday, April 1, 2015,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

To what extent are late works significant in artists' careers? What light do they shed on the artist's earlier works and in what ways do they influence followers of the artist? What kind of legacy is the so-called "swan song"? Starting from those questions and inspired by philosophers like Theodore Adorno and Edward Said, this program of lecture and performance presents late works of 19th-century composers (including Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin), situating each composition in its context.

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At the Getty Villa


A Roman Temple Treasure
Thursday, April 16, 2015,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Unearthed by a farmer in 1830, a spectacular hoard dedicated to Mercury in northern France contains some of the finest Roman silver to survive from classical antiquity. Kenneth Lapatin, curator of the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, examines this rare votive deposit and what it reveals about religion, culture, and technology.

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

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