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


Josef Koudelka: In Conversation
Wednesday, November 12, 2014,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. WIlliams Auditorium

Josef Koudelka discusses his work and career with photographer Tod Papageorge, who directed the graduate photography department at the Yale University School of Art from 1979 until 2013.

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At the Getty Villa


Graves, Archives and Glue: Stories behind the Funerary Vases of "Dangerous Perfection"
Thursday, November 20, 2014,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Exhibition curators and the lead conservator share their experiences investigating and conserving the monumental vessels on view in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy. They reveal the detective work behind trying to determine where the vases were buried and the complex challenges involved in their cleaning, reconstruction, and display. Free; a ticket is required.

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

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