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


A Knight's Bookshelf
Wednesday, October 29, 2014,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Nancy Regalado, professor of medieval French literature at New York University, discusses the importance of manuscripts among medieval nobility. These books, with their lavish images, functioned as prestigious commissions, precious material possessions, sources of thrilling entertainment, and vehicles for teaching moral and spiritual values to knights.

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At the Getty Villa


Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome: The Augustan Experiment and Its Legacy
Wednesday, October 29, 2014,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

As first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar set in motion an ambitious program of public art and architecture to glorify himself and his extended family. Professor John Pollini of the University of Southern California presents new ideas about the emperor's representational initiatives and explains innovative approaches to reading and understanding Augustan imagery. 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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