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


From the Buddhas of Bamiyan to the Temples of Palmyra: Why is the World's Cultural Heritage Being Erased?
Tuesday, April 30, 2019,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

The destruction of cultural heritage fits a pattern from Mecca to Timbuktu, and from Palmyra to Nineveh, today's Mosul. James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, joins Terence Ward, author of The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally, to explore what lies at the root of these crimes against cultural heritage and what the world can do about it.

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At the Getty Villa


Personal Data, Online Privacy, and Fake News —According to the Greeks
A Lecture by Artist and Writer Paul Chan

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Can Classical philosophers like Epictetus and Aristotle shed light on some of the most pernicious elements in online culture today? Artist Paul Chan leads us on an idiosyncratic tour of Greek writers and thinkers who grappled with something similar to what we would call "our data" today. Along the way, he reveals how art offers us a unique way of becoming more vigilant against data thieves and fake news makers, then and now.

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