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


Bellini and the Renaissance Imagination

December 2, 2017,
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the singular achievements of Giovanni Bellini as a painter of devotional artworks. He explores the critical traditions that underlie the conception of Bellini as a religious artist and how he expanded traditional parameters of the genre through a heightened emphasis on artistic invention and imagination.

Get tickets

At the Getty Villa


Island Life in the Ancient World

Monday, December 4, 2017,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Archaeologist Cyprian Broodbank takes a closer look at life on the Aegean island of Kythera and its rich yet complex 7,000 year history.

Learn more and get tickets



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

See all video and audio highlights.