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

The Way through Camerawork: Minor White in San Francisco, 1946–1953
Wednesday, July 23, 2014,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Curator and art historian Susan Ehrens situates Minor White within the tradition of photographic modernism that flourished in San Francisco after World War II. Drawing on unpublished photographs and correspondence, Ehrens discusses the formative years of White's engagement with photography, including relationships with photographers such as Ansel Adams, Rose Mandel, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Weston.

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At the Getty Villa

At the Byzantine Table: Greek Traditions, Roman Tastes
Saturday, July 19, 2014,
5:30p.m. - 10:00p.m.
Getty Villa, Villa Auditorium and Inner Peristyle

Indulge in the culinary pleasures of Byzantium with a dinner inspired by the foods of ancient Greece infused with Roman spices. Historian Andrew Dalby sets the stage with a lecture on the distinctive cuisine of this distant empire.

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

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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages
Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, explains the biomolecular archaeological approach behind the discovery of some of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.

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