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


"It Is Difficult"

Thursday, February 23, 2017,
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar, winner of the MacArthur and Guggenheim awards, discusses his recent work and reflects on "The Rwanda Project." The lecture's title refers to the lines by poet William Carlos Williams: It is difficult / to get the news / from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there. Jaar's work is featured in the current exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media.

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At the Getty Villa


Planting for Power: The Elite Gardens of Ancient Rome

Saturday, March 18, 2017,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Discover how exotic plants and new fruit varieties developed by Roman elites made their way into villa gardens from historian Annalisa Marzano.

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

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