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 Story of Black

Wednesday, May 4, 2016,
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Boardrooom

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Join us for an exploration of the color black and its varied symbolism in the global history of art and culture as we discuss The Story of Black (2013) by John Harvey. Asking how a single color can at once embody death, evil, and glamour, Harvey's book unearths the secret behind black's continuing power to compel and divide us. Literary Review described it as "A richly informative treat...written with unostentatious elegance...a book to instruct and delight." Joining the book club conversation will be Harvey, professor at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, who has published widely on literature and visual culture, and Katrin Trautwein, chemist, color consultant, founder of the Swiss pigment manufacturer kt.Color, and author of The Color Black.

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At the Getty Villa


1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Sunday, May 22, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Noted historian and archaeologist Eric Cline discusses the themes of his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed and takes a closer look at why Mediterranean societies of the Late Bronze Age—with their complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-systems—came to a dramatic halt.

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

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