Gallery teachers lead discussion with participants at a past gallery course
Unique gallery courses explore the fascinating world of art and ideas found in the Museum's collection and current exhibitions. Participants have the opportunity for close encounters with art through lecture and guided discussion.

Courses are designed for adults and taught by educators, curators, and scholars. Registration and tickets are required for all courses.

Art Circles
The Getty Center

Enrich your Saturday nights. Join an open-ended discussion in the galleries to heighten your appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by exploring one masterpiece with an educator. The chosen work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Course fee $25 per session (includes a food voucher and parking). Meet at the Museum Information Desk for course introduction.

Learn more about this program on our blog, The Iris.

Next in the series
A Masterpiece to Be Explored

Saturday, November 15, 2014
6:00–8:00 p.m.

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Exhibition-Related Courses
The Getty Center and The Getty Villa

Explore in depth the work of a featured artist or a stylistic movement related to a current exhibition. An educator presents an illustrated lecture, culminating with the guided viewing and discussion of art in the exhibition galleries.


Recently in the series
Byzantium in Art and Music
Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Villa Auditorium and
Museum galleries

Explore the art and culture of Byzantium in a day-long program inspired by the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and LA Opera's production of Massenet's Thaïs, which is set during the Byzantine Empire. The program includes talks, tours of the exhibition, and musical performances by LA Opera artists. Program fee $60 (includes morning coffee and lunch). Complimentary parking.

Program Schedule

9:00 a.m.
Check in, coffee, and pastries

9:30 a.m.

9:40–10:20 a.m.
Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
Mary Louise Hart, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum

10:20–11:00 a.m.
Thaïs as Theater
Michael Hackett, Department of Theater, UCLA

11:00–11:10 a.m.

11:10–11:50 a.m.
Singing the Songs of the Angels: Performing Faith in the Time of Thaïs
Holley Replogle-Wong, Department of Musicology, UCLA

11:50 a.m.–1:50 p.m.
Lunch and exhibition tours

1:50–3:30 p.m.
LA Opera performances led by Assistant Conductor/Assistant Chorus Master Jeremy Frank with musical artists Joshua Guerrero, D'Ana Lombard, and Kihun Yoon.
Introduction and commentary by Duff Murphy, host of KUSC's Opera Show.

Orpheus Playing the Lyre
The Getty Villa The Art of Byzantium: Origins and Influence
Share curators' perspectives on two special exhibitions of Byzantine art. Join curator Mary Hart at the Getty Villa to explore the Greco-Roman roots of spectacular Byzantine objects on loan from Greece. Then, at the Getty Center, discover with curator Elizabeth Morrison how Byzantine manuscripts inspired diverse cultural traditions from Europe to Ethiopia. Complements the exhibitions Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections at the Getty Villa and East Meets West: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads at the Getty Center. Course fee $35 per session (includes refreshments); sign up for one or both. Complimentary parking.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa
Villa Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries

Sunday, May 18, 2014 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center
GRI Lecture Hall and Museum galleries

Experiencing the Getty Center
The Getty Center

Novice and seasoned museumgoers are invited to fully experience works of art in the Museum's collection. Educators direct discussion and the study of select masterpieces. Each course includes up to four thematically linked sessions, which take place once a month, usually on a Saturday morning. Attend a single class or the whole series.

Recently in the series
The Anatomy of Greatness: Michelangelo's Sculptures
Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, is a surgeon and sculptor who travels to Carrara, Italy, every summer to work on the same type of stone Michelangelo used to carve the masterpieces David and the Pietà. Join Dr. Klapper and art historian Robin Trento in this lecture and gallery tour exploring the ways in which Michelangelo and others use human anatomy to depict emotion. Course fee $35 (includes parking).

Saturday, September 21, 2013
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

Recently in the series
Seeing Red: The Quest for Color
Join art historian Maite Alvarez and explore the discovery, trade, and historic sources of red dyes and pigments. Then see how the color red transformed works of art in the Museum's collection from majestic tapestries to delicate manuscripts. Gallery course fee $20 (parking not included).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall

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Experiencing the Getty Villa
The Getty Villa

Enjoy an afternoon at the Getty Villa exploring the antiquities collection, gardens, and ancient architecture. Course fee varies.

Mummy of Herakleides
Recently in the series
Pursuing Love and Dodging Death: Art, Poetry, Magic
Sending cards and flowers to commemorate love and death is a modern practice - but passion and grief are ageless! Explore with educator Amber Wells some fascinating ways the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians influenced desire, punished rivals, and confronted dying. Investigate images, poetry, and magic, then tour the collection (and mummy). Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Villa Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries

Dog on Roman funerary monument
Death and Humor in the Ancient World
Too soon? Not when the humor is 2,000 years old! Explore with educator Eric Bruehl the ancient context and significance of humor relating to death. Examine relevant texts and art, compare funny then and now, and end with a tour of the humorous in funerary art and other images of death.
Course fee: $35.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Meeting rooms and Museum galleries