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


Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and "Corinthian Bronzes"
Wednesday, September 2, 2015,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Chris Hallett, professor of Roman art at UC Berkeley, explores how the collecting of ancient bronzes by wealthy Romans impacted the form and use of statuettes known as "Corinthian Bronzes."

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At the Getty Villa


Capturing a Lost Greece: The Travel Drawings of Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi
Sunday, November 8, 2015,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

During their travels through Greece in 1805–06, antiquarian Edward Dodwell and artist Simone Pomardi produced nearly a thousand watercolors and drawings of monuments, ancient sites, and picturesque vistas. Classical archaeologist John Camp takes a closer look at this rich collection of travel illustrations depicting landscapes that have since changed or vanished. 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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