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


The Nude on the Road to Perdition during the Renaissance (and Today)
Sunday, November 4, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Renaissance nudes have long been associated with the loftiest achievements of European art. The perfection of an idealized body was equated with virtue. Yet, the sensuality of some depictions of the nude body walked a fine line between abstract notions of pure beauty and in-your-face eroticism. Thomas Kren, curator of The Renaissance Nude, considers the discomfort that many of these masterpieces aroused during their time, and the admiration and outrage still provoked by nude depictions today.

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At the Getty Villa


New News from Old Jerusalem: Resetting the Historical Clock
Sunday, November 11, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Archaeologist Yuval Gadot discusses new discoveries and research that are transforming how we understand Near Eastern history and Biblical text.

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

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