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 Global Nude in the Pre-Modern World, 1400–1700
Sunday, January 13, 2019,
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

Leading international scholars discuss the varied attitudes toward the the depiction, significance, and reception of the unclothed body in West African, Persian, Japanese, South Asian, Mayan, and Inca cultures. This conference expands upon and complements the exhibition The Renaissance Nude, which explores the artistic and cultural factors that led to the rise of naturalistically represented nudes in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands from 1400–1530.

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At the Getty Villa


Imagining the Underworld: Life after Death in Ancient Greek Religion
Sunday, February 10, 2019,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Ancient Greeks often imagined the souls of the dead leaving the body for another existence. Where did they think the dead were going, and what awaited them? Classicist Radcliffe Edmonds explores myth, art, and texts to reveal diverse and sometimes conflicting Greek ideas about life after death.

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

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