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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At the Getty Center


Antique and Pseudo-Antique in Carolingian Manuscripts

Thursday, May 4, 2017,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

In the 9th-century Carolingian Empire, scribes and artists played a leading role in the preservation and interpretation of ancient culture. Lawrence Nees, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, explains how the creators of Carolingian manuscripts utilized and adapted older sources, but also created new works in an antique manner.

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At the Getty Villa


The Villa Council Presents: The Quality of Mercy in Imperial Rome, Imperial America, and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito

Sunday, April 30, 2017,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Acclaimed opera and theater director Peter Sellars takes inspiration from his new production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito to consider the concept of clemency and its multilayered history, from ancient Roman philosophy to the political landscape of 21st-century America.

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