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


Artists and Faiths: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 29, 2014,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

The ways in which artists incorporate religion and spiritual faith into their work are as diverse as the varieties of religious experience. While artworks intended specifically for religious contexts often contain explicit religious content and narratives, the artists on this panel frequently incorporate their beliefs for more personal reasons and often far more subtly. This panel explores some of the varied ways religion and art can intersect.

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At the Getty Villa


Collecting and Displaying Byzantine Art in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Periods
Thursday, May 1, 2014,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

In the Middle Ages, Byzantine objects served purposes that ranged from utilitarian to devotional. Renaissance collectors displayed Byzantine works to suggest their high artistic value, but the full appreciation of the artifacts in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections depends upon the Modernist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian Robert Nelson discusses how Byzantine collections evolved during these periods.

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

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Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages
Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, explains the biomolecular archaeological approach behind the discovery of some of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world.

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