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


Celebrating Rembrandt
Wednesday, July 24, 2019,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

The enduring power of Rembrandt's art resonates especially strongly in Southern California, home to the third-largest collection of Rembrandt's paintings in the United States, as well as substantial holdings of drawings and prints. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of his death, in 1669, local curators will discuss Rembrandt's versatility and impact in three different media: drawings, paintings, and prints. Getty curator Stephanie Schrader offers insight into Rembrandt's drawings and his keen interest in the cosmopolitan world around him: from the local Dutch landscape to the splendid clothing, jewelry, and weapons of the Mughal emperors; Getty curator Anne Woollett probes the secrets and celebrity of the painting Rembrandt Laughing, the most recent addition to the regional collection; and Cynthia Burlingham, deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Hammer Museum, together with Jacob Samuel, contemporary master etcher and UCLA faculty, deliberate Rembrandt as an inspirational model for today's printmakers.

This talk is co-presented with the Consulate General of the Netherlands, who will host a reception following the talk.

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At the Getty Villa


Bacchus Uncorked: Wine and the Senses
Sunday, July 28, 2019,
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Getty Villa

Tickets $75; advance ticket required.

Enjoy an evening of art, wine, and conversation, Roman-style.

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