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


Splash! Turner and Watercolor
Sunday, April 19, 2015,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Capturing fleeting effects of light and atmosphere through abstracted and innovative techniques, Turner's watercolors are hailed as some of the greatest ever made. Julian Brooks, curator of drawings and co-curator of the exhibition J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, explores the secrets of Turner's success.

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At the Getty Villa


A Roman Temple Treasure
Thursday, April 16, 2015,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Unearthed by a farmer in 1830, a spectacular hoard dedicated to Mercury in northern France contains some of the finest Roman silver to survive from classical antiquity. Kenneth Lapatin, curator of the exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville, examines this rare votive deposit and what it reveals about religion, culture, and technology.

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

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