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


"The best in the art of painting": Giovanni Bellini and Landscape

Saturday, October 14, 2017,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

Mountains, castles, caves, trees, and sunrises are just as much the protagonists in the paintings of Giovanni Bellini as are the human figures. Davide Gasparotto, curator of the exhibition Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice, explores the meaning and function of landscape in the painter's work. Created for intellectually sophisticated patrons, Bellini's masterpieces set familiar Christian subjects in a dimension of reality and lived experience that was unprecedented in Italian painting.

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At the Getty Villa


When the Inevitable Happens...Again: Protecting Museum Collections from Earthquake Damage

Saturday, October 7, 2017,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

When floors jolt, walls crack, and buildings sway, what happens to priceless works of art? While California leads the world in efforts to lessen earthquake damage to its critical infrastructure, its spectacular museums and collections are also at risk. Former head of antiquities conservation Jerry Podany discusses how the Getty Museum has prepared for inevitable, yet unpredictable, earthquakes and championed the efforts of seismic damage mitigation for museum collections worldwide.

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