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


Robert Polidori: Synchrony and Diachrony
Sunday, April 22, 2018,
4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

On the occasion of the exhibition Robert Polidori: 20 Photographs of the Getty Museum, 1997, artist Robert Polidori will speak about his prolific career, beginning with aspects of his personal life that led him to photography. In addition to elaborating on his background in avant-garde film and his time as a staff photographer for the New Yorker, Polidori will discuss his interest in exploring human habitats and museology, his approach to photography, and his work in locations such as Versailles, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

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At the Getty Villa


The Villa Council Presents
Egyptology Meets Science: Giving Ancient Objects a Voice

Sunday, May 6, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, shows how his museum breathes new life into old discoveries and prevents artefacts from "dying."

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

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