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


Intro to the Care of Magical Creatures: The Bestiary and Harry Potter
Sunday, July 14, 2019,
4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Welcome to your crash course on magical creatures, Hogwarts students! Did you know that many of the best-known beasts that Harry and his friends encounter—the screaming mandrake, the pure unicorn, the fierce hippogriff, and the terrifying dragon—all appear in medieval bestiaries, a kind of encyclopedia of animals? Join manuscripts curators Larisa Grollemond (Getty Museum) and Julian Harrison (British Library) as they uncover the medieval origins of your favorite creatures from the world of Harry Potter.

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At the Getty Villa


Beyond Sex: Excavating Pompeii's Brothel
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Take a virtual tour of the only securely identified house of prostitution from antiquity with archaeologist Sarah Levin-Richardson.

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