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 Body Politic
Roxane Gay and Firelei Báez: Unruly Bodies

Sunday, December 2, 2018,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay has garnered wide critical and popular acclaim for her insightful and witty observations on contemporary society. Her books include Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and Bad Feminist, which NPR named one of the best books of the year for 2014. Earlier this year Gay brought together 25 writers in an online magazine, "Unruly Bodies," to expand on the conversation she started in Hunger. Artist Firelei Báez joins Roxane Gay to discuss the representation of bodies in art. Báez investigates identity through her visually striking paintings, collages, and drawings, which depict strong female protagonists.

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At the Getty Villa


Imagining the Underworld: Life after Death in Ancient Greek Religion
Sunday, February 10, 2019,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Ancient Greeks often imagined the souls of the dead leaving the body for another existence. Where did they think the dead were going, and what awaited them? Classicist Radcliffe Edmonds explores myth, art, and texts to reveal diverse and sometimes conflicting Greek ideas about life after death.

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