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

Marina Abramovic:
Walk Through Walls

Tuesday, November 15, 2016,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Celebrated performance artist Marina Abramovic discusses her new memoir, Walk Through Walls, an epic account of her career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain, and exhaustion in a quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

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At the Getty Villa

Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake?

Thursday, October 27, 2016,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Two small mummies in the Vatican Museums' Egyptian collection have intrigued scholars for decades. Often called "pseudo-mummies" due to their unusual appearance, they were believed to be ancient and contain the remains of either small children or animals. Alessia Amenta, curator and director of the Vatican Mummy Project, shares recent scientific analysis revealing a new interpretation of these curious objects.

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