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


Mapplethorpe's Extravagance

Wednesday, May 25, 2016,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Robert Mapplethorpe combined a sense of luxuriant decoration with cosmopolitan, cutting-edge sexuality. Richard Meyer, professor of art history at Stanford, links Mapplethorpe's extravagance to the flamboyant visual pleasures of the physique magazines on which his earliest work drew, the photographs he and Sam Wagstaff collected, and the posh interior of his Manhattan loft.

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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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