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


Ways of Seeking: Art, Science, and Spirituality

Sunday, December 4, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Past MacArthur fellows reflect on what the program stimulated them to attempt in artistic, scientific, and spiritual pursuits.

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At the Getty Villa


A Prince of Pylos: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior

Sunday, November 6, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium



In 2015, archaeologists were astonished to find a 3,500-year-old undisturbed shaft grave near the site of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos in southwestern Greece. Excavators Shari Stocker and Jack Davis shared their discovery of a Bronze Age warrior's tomb and the hundreds of luxury objects buried with him including spectacular weapons, ivory combs, seal stones, and Minoan-style gold rings, which afford unparalleled insights into art and ritual at the dawn of Mycenaean civilization.



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