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

Getty Perspectives:
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

Sunday, May 3, 2015,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Cultural historian Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, a Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University and author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, speaks about the power of aesthetic force to alter the way we perceive the world and bring about social change. Lewis has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London, and served on President Obama's Arts Policy Committee.

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At the Getty Villa

Gifts for the Gods: The Art of Devotion in Roman Gaul
Saturday, May 30, 2015,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Art historian Kimberly Cassibry of Wellesley College considers the mysterious origins of Gallic gods, their varied pairings with Greek and Roman counterparts, and the dedications that ensured their survival. Such inscribed gifts, ranging from column monuments dedicated to Jupiter to silver treasure offered to Mercury at Berthouville, offer new perspectives of the multi-cultural Roman Empire in ancient France.

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

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