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


How Letterforms & Typefaces Change the World
Wednesday, February 27, 2019,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

The written word dominates many aspects of human lives. From the earliest forms of writing in the world's first civilizations to today's digital media, letterforms carry their own potent meanings. Kevin Larson from Microsoft's Advanced Reading Technologies team, and John Hudson, type designer and co-founder of Tiro Typeworks, join Shelley Gruendler, founder of Type Camp, to explore the power of letterforms and typefaces to change the ways we consume ideas.

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At the Getty Villa


Depicting the Dead: From Ancient Syria to Social Media
Saturday, March 16, 2019,
2:00–4:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Learn about memorial portraits from experts in five different chronological and cultural contexts.

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

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