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


Buddhism in the World: The Norton Anthology of World Religions
Saturday, January 31, 2015,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Over the course of more than two millennia, Buddhism developed a canon of sacred texts that is vast in scope, geographical origin, and linguistic variety. The largest selection of these scriptures ever to appear in English has just been published as part of the Norton Anthology of World Religions. In this presentation, Jack Miles, editor-in-chief of the Norton volumes, and Donald Lopez, editor of the Buddhism section, offer their reflections on how and why Buddhism developed into a religion of global scope and significance.

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At the Getty Villa


Amazons: Warrior Women of the Ancient World
Thursday, February 26, 2015,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Fierce Amazons are featured in some of the most famous of Greek myths. But were they real? Author Adrienne Mayor tells of new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons as evidence that warrior women were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Free; a ticket is required.

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