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


Spotlight on Simone Martini: Master of Detail at the Dawn of the Renaissance
Sunday, July 15, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

Laura Llewellyn, curator of paintings, unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding Saint Luke the Evangelist by Simone Martini, an early 14th-century Sienese painter who achieved great fame during his lifetime. She answers questions modern viewers often have when looking at early Renaissance paintings: How were they made? Who were they for? And, what is their enduring appeal?

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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

Free; ticket required.

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

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

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