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


Our Animals, Our Selves: A Southern California Bestiary
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

The connections between humans and animals are myriad and complex, ranging from the intimacy of pets to the fantasy of exotic animals seen in captivity. In Southern California, we have a particularly close relationship to animals and ecosystems. From ubiquitous coyotes and raccoons to creatures ranging from insects to mountain lions and whales, wild animals impact human life daily. Inspired by the Getty Museum's exhibition of medieval bestiaries, Los Angeles Times writer Louis Sahagun, poet Charles Hood, and Lila Higgins, community science manager at the Museum of Natural History, explore our relationships to animals in Southern California. Moderated by Ursula Heise from UCLA's Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.

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At the Getty Villa


What Can the Ancient World Teach Us about Feminism?
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater

Free; ticket required.

Panelists consider how women in ancient societies empowered themselves long before contemporary feminist movements.

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