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


Ancient Greek Bronzes: From the Essence of Form to Hellenistic Realism
Wednesday, August 5, 2015,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Seán Hemingway, curator of Greek and Roman art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, examines Greek bronze sculpture from its beginnings through the Hellenistic period (323–31 B.C.). He elucidates the achievements of Greek master sculptors by looking closely at a number of outstanding examples of Greek bronze sculpture.

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At the Getty Villa


Travels with Bacchus: How an Enigmatic Wine-God Came to France
Saturday, July 11, 2015,
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium and
Cafe Terrace

$60; advance ticket required.

Join noted classicist and culinary historian Albert Leonard, Jr. as he sheds light on the early history of wine through ancient literature and modern archaeological evidence, and tracks the wine-god Bacchus on his epic journey throughout the Mediterranean world. Following his talk enjoy the summer evening with a reception and wine tasting led by certified sommelier Mark Botieff in the picturesque outdoor setting of the Getty Villa. Complimentary parking.

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

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