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


Black Drawings in 19th-Century France: The Modernist Trajectory
Thursday, February 18, 2016,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Musem Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Lee Hendrix, senior curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, investigates the explosion of black drawing materials (such as charcoals and chalks) in France during the 19th century. These new media contributed to a growing awareness of the material qualities of the drawing as an object, with respect to various drawing tools as well as the integral textures and weights of different papers. Foregrounding the material properties of artistic media is a well-known tenet of 20th-century modernism and this talk investigates some of its overlooked roots found in 19th-century works on paper.

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At the Getty Villa


Our Presidents' Gifts: The Role of Greek Antiquities in Greek-U.S. Political Relationships after World War II
Saturday, February 27, 2016,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Art historian Nassos Papalexandrou of the University of Texas at Austin takes a closer look at Greek antiquities presented as state gifts to American presidents and other high-ranking officials, their qualities as ancient artifacts, the symbolism behind their selection, and the reception by those who accepted them.

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