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


What Does Blackness Mean?

Sunday, May 1, 2016,
2:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

How has the meaning of blackness changed over time? What role does it play in how we talk and think about art, race, and morality today? Organized and presented in partnership with Zocalo Public Square as part of the Getty/Zocalo "Open Art" initiative, this panel with John Harvey, author of The Story of Black, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, professor of art history at Harvard, and Katrin Trautwein, founder of paint company kt.COLOR, considers these and related questions about a color that evokes a complicated set of emotions and associations. Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, publisher of Zocalo Public Square.

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At the Getty Villa


1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Sunday, May 22, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Noted historian and archaeologist Eric Cline discusses the themes of his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed and takes a closer look at why Mediterranean societies of the Late Bronze Age—with their complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-systems—came to a dramatic halt.

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

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