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


Cuban Perspectives in Photography
Sunday, March 15, 2020,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

What are the challenges and rewards of working as an artist in Cuba today? Following periods of revolution and economic crisis, photography continues to thrive as a medium of communication and expression. Part of a younger generation using photography to address current concerns, artists Adrián Fernández, Alejandro González, Irolán Maroselli, and Alfredo Sarabia Fajardo present their work, followed by a conversation with photographs curator Virginia Heckert.

At the Getty Villa


The Ides of March: The Context and Consequences of Caesar's Death
Saturday & Sunday,
March 14 & 15, 2020,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

March 15, the Ides of March, is forever associated with the assassination of Julius Caesar. On the anniversary weekend of the Ides in 2020, visit the Villa to explore with Roman historians the political rise, gruesome death, and lasting legacy of the famous dictator. On both days, learn the dangers that threaten all republics and visit our soothsayers to experience a sheep's-liver-reading of the sort Caesar foolishly ignored in 44 B.C.