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.

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All upcoming lectures and conversations are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center


Egypt, Greece, Rome: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Antiquity
Sunday, August 26, 2018,
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

Leading international scholars present new, unpublished research on Egypt's interactions with ancient Greece and Rome during four major time periods: the Bronze Age (ca. 2000-1200 BC), Egypt's Late Period (ca. 664-332 BC), the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BC), and the Roman Empire (ca. AD 30-300). Covering a range of materials, including archaeological finds, artworks, and texts, the research adds to a growing body of scholarship on cross-cultural exchange between Egypt, Greece, and Rome in antiquity.

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At the Getty Villa


Styles and Status: Roman Women and the Art of Hair
Saturday, July 21, 2018,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium



Hear about distinctive hairstyles that defined a Roman woman's status and identity from Classicist Kelly Olson.



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

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