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


Did Women Ever Rule the World?
Wednesday, August 8, 2018,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Despite women's advances, none have wielded more power as rulers than the ancient Egyptian pharaohs Cleopatra and Hatshepsut. How did these powerful women succeed? And what lessons might they offer today? Kara Cooney, UCLA Egyptologist and author of The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, and Joyce Tyldesley, professor of Egyptology at the University of Manchester and author of Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt, examine the legacies of these women who ruled the world.

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At the Getty Villa


Styles and Status: Roman Women and the Art of Hair
Saturday, July 21, 2018,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; ticket required.

Hear about distinctive hairstyles that defined a Roman woman's status and identity from Classicist Kelly Olson.

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

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