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


Glorious Inspiration: The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Rubens
Sunday, November 23, 2014,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

The compelling paintings and monumental tapestries of the Eucharist series were commissioned by one of the most fascinating and powerful women of the early 17th century, the spirited Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633). Getty curator Anne Woollett considers how the Eucharist series reflects the ideals of the Infanta as understood by Peter Paul Rubens, who designed the dynamic compositions, and how it embodies both political and personal significance for patron and painter. Complements the exhibition Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist.

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At the Getty Villa


Graves, Archives and Glue: Stories behind the Funerary Vases of "Dangerous Perfection"
Thursday, November 20, 2014,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Exhibition curators and the lead conservator share their experiences investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. They reveal the detective work behind trying to determine where the vases were buried and the complex challenges involved in their cleaning, reconstruction, and display. 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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