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

Apollo & Arachne: Louis XIV and the French Royal Collection of Tapestries
Sunday, January 24, 2016,
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Musem Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Art historians and tapestry scholars present new research about the French royal collection of tapestries assembled during the 72-year reign (1643-1715) of Louis XIV. Topics range from the strategic acquisition of revered antique sets, to the iconographic power of new commissions, to the reception and dissemination of Gobelins weavings among private patrons.

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At the Getty Villa

The Acropolis of Athens: The Untold Story
Thursday, January 21, 2016,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

The Athenian Acropolis annually attracts millions of tourists to marvel at this icon of the ancient past. Yet in privileging the monuments of classical antiquity, entire eras of historical memory have been erased. Historian Thomas Gallant tells the post-antiquity story of the Athenian Acropolis and its enduring symbolism for Greek identity in the modern era. 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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