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


J. M. W. Turner and the Painting/Poetry Conundrum
Sunday, April 26, 2015,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Andrew Wilton, chairman of the Turner Society and curator emeritus of the Turner Bequest at the Tate Britain, speaks about J.M.W. Turner's relationship with poetry, an art form he admired, studied, and practiced. Horace's dictum that poetry does what painting does (Ut pictura poesis) underlay much of 18th-century thought, which Turner thoroughly absorbed as evidenced by his innovative synthesis of the two.

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At the Getty Villa


Gifts for the Gods: The Art of Devotion in Roman Gaul
Saturday, May 30, 2015,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Art historian Kimberly Cassibry of Wellesley College considers the mysterious origins of Gallic gods, their varied pairings with Greek and Roman counterparts, and the dedications that ensured their survival. Such inscribed gifts, ranging from column monuments dedicated to Jupiter to silver treasure offered to Mercury at Berthouville, offer new perspectives of the multi-cultural Roman Empire in ancient France.

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

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