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


Reportage and Representation: Viewing History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Sunday, May 28, 2017,
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

On the occasion of the exhibition Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, this scholarly symposium investigates the artistic framework and historical context of eighteenth-century view paintings recording contemporary events.

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At the Getty Villa


What Can the Ancient World Teach Us About Globalization?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Outdoors in the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Free; ticket required.

Today's backlash against globalization raises hard questions. What does greater connectedness across borders mean for jobs, national identities, culture, and governments? The ancient Greek and Roman worlds also saw increasing flows of objects, people, and ideas that created a broader international consciousness—and no small amount of dislocation and turmoil. This panel, presented with Zócalo Public Square, reckons with timeless questions of globalization.

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

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