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


Beyond the Ordinary: A Conversation with Three Conceptual Artists from Argentina

January 27, 2018,
Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

During the 1960s and the 1970s, amid a tense political climate, the art scene in Argentina fostered a radical break with traditional forms, giving rise to conceptual practices. The unconventional artistic production of this period often involved the employment of photography in highly experimental ways. Three of the leading artists of this period—Carlos Ginzburg, Luis Pazos, and Leandro Katz—discuss their work and their experiences with Idurre Alonso, co-curator of the exhibition Photography in Argentina, 1950–2010: Contradiction and Continuity.

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At the Getty Villa


Thinking Like a Roman: How to Renew America's Polarized Landscape

Saturday, February 24, 2018,
1:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Classicist Joy Connolly discusses how the Roman example can help resolve contemporary political struggles.

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