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 School of London?

Sunday, July 31, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Andrea Rose, former director of visual arts at the British Council, introduces the works and personalities of the painters presented in London Calling: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R.B Kitaj. Rose, who knew and worked with all of these artists, describes their undeviating focus on painting from observation.

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At the Getty Villa


Stone Pixels: Mosaics Then and Now

Saturday, July 9, 2016,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Take a closer look at Roman mosaics and the work of a contemporary artist who brings fresh perspective to this ancient art form.

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

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