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


Power in Patronage: When Medieval Women Made Books

Sunday, July 23, 2017,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

In the Middle Ages, women of great wealth and social status often exercised their power and influence through the objects they commissioned, especially books. Christine Sciacca, associate curator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, introduces several women book patrons, including a duchess, a middle class woman, and a community of nuns who commissioned manuscripts for their personal use, who shaped the history of medieval book production as we know it today.

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At the Getty Villa


Euripides's Iphigenia and the Downfall of Athens

Saturday, September 9, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

$65; ticket required.

Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were each inspired to write about the Trojan War. Euripides wrote Iphigenia in Aulis shortly before the defeat of Athens in 404 BC. Fifty years earlier, amid the euphoria of the city's cultural and political achievements, Aeschylus wrote a different play about the same conflict. Translator Nicholas Rudall examines classical drama, the different interpretations of the Agamemnon story, and how these plays reflected life in ancient Athens.

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