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


A Treasury of Devotion: Books of Hours and Their Owners
Thursday, February 26, 2015,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

The book of hours was the laity's prayer book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and often used as a tool for learning how to read as well as how to pray. Virginia Reinburg, associate professor of history at Boston College, discusses how those fortunate enough to own books of hours often turned it into a collection of favorite prayers, images, pilgrim souvenirs, and family lore.

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At the Getty Villa


Imagery and Identity: The Monumental Vases of Ancient Apulia
Thursday, March 5, 2015,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Richly decorated with complex imagery and narrative scenes, large figure-decorated vases of the 4th century B.C. found in Apulia (southeastern Italy) served as proud statements of identity. Archaeologist Tom Carpenter examines these vases and the funerary assemblages in which they were found to shed light on the otherwise little-known Apulian people. Complements the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. Free; a ticket is required.

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Video and audio of a selection of past lectures and conversations are available online.

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