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

The French Collection
Sunday, August 3, 2014,
4:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

How and why does one collect historical French art in 21st-century America? Distinguished Los Angeles private collectors join Getty drawings curators for a lively roundtable discussion about the motivations, pleasures, and difficulties—personal and professional—of sourcing, selecting, acquiring, and displaying works of art, whether in the context of a public museum or in that of a private collection.

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At the Getty Villa

Performing Persia: Cultural Exchange and Visual Power in Aeschylus's Persians
Saturday, September 13, 2014,
Getty Villa, Villa Auditorium

Centered on the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., Aeschylus's play tells of Greek victory over the Persians and the impact on an imagined Persian court. Rebecca Kennedy of Denison University examines the complex historical and dramatic context of this Greek tragedy, considering its potential reception by a diverse ancient audience. Free; a ticket is required.

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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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