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


The Fantasy of Ancient Egypt from Classical Greece to the Present Day
Sunday, April 29, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

From the ancient Greeks and Romans to the 19th century, European scholars have been fascinated by pharaonic Egypt. They imagined that the land of the Nile was the oldest and most learned of all civilizations. But it was not until 1822 that the science of modern Egyptology commenced. Jeffrey Spier, senior curator of antiquities, examines the endurance of Egypt's mysterious allure.

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At the Getty Villa


The Villa Council Presents
Egyptology Meets Science: Giving Ancient Objects a Voice

Sunday, May 6, 2018,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, shows how his museum breathes new life into old discoveries and prevents artefacts from "dying."

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

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