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


India and the World: A History in Nine Stories
Wednesday, May 23, 2018,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; ticket required.

When telling the history of the world from a national perspective, how does one avoid falling into the pitfalls of overblown patriotism or competitiveness? Naman Ahuja, curator of Indian art at Jawaharlal Nehru University, discusses his recent exhibition India and the World, which presented extraordinary masterpieces to place Indian history in a global context. As Western museums have begun telling post-colonial narratives, this exhibition raises universal questions about the future of presenting national histories.

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At the Getty Villa


Bacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking
Saturday, June 2, 2018,
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

$65; ticket required.

Celebrate drinking and thinking, classical style, at the reinstalled Getty Villa

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

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