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.

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All upcoming lectures and conversations are listed on our event calendar. Featured upcoming events:

At the Getty Center


Drawing from Mughal India in the Age of Rembrandt

April 8, 2018,
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

To elucidate the importance of India for the Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669) and other Europeans of his time, this symposium traces historical, political, economic, and artistic points of contact between Europe and the Mughal Indian Empire in the early modern period.

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At the Getty Villa


Thinking Like a Roman: How to Renew America's Polarized Landscape

Saturday, February 24, 2018,
1:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Classicist Joy Connolly discusses how the Roman example can help resolve contemporary political struggles.

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

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