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


Does Art Capture Reality Better than the News?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

What stories can artists tell that professional and citizen journalists can’t? And do we count too much on the arts to mediate reality or connect us to it? Photographer and documentarian Jamel Shabazz and David Simon, journalist and creator of "The Wire," discuss how artists can best offer unflinching views of real life. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.

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At the Getty Villa


The Ark before Noah

Saturday, April 1, 2017,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

British Museum curator Irving Finkel reveals how decoding a single 4,000 year old clay tablet has enabled a new interpretation of the myth of Noah's Ark.

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

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