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


Luxury and Liberation: Art and Revolution in 18th-Century France
Saturday, January 24, 2015,
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Experience the art and culture of Versailles in this program of talks, tours, and musical performances. Program fee $60 (includes coffee, pastries, and lunch).

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At the Getty Villa


Excavating a Mycenaean Palace near Sparta
Wednesday, January 14, 2015,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

New archaeological discoveries reveal a Bronze Age settlement at the site of Ayios Vasileios near Sparta, Greece. Excavation director Adamantia Vasilogamvrou shares the extraordinary finds of Mycenaean wall paintings, objects crafted with precious materials, and an archive of tablets in Linear B, the written language of the 14th-century-B.C. Mycenaeans. Free; a ticket is required.

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

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