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


Incarnations: A History of India in 50 Lives

Sunday, October 23, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket recommended.

Sunil Khilnani, professor and director of the India Institute at King's College, London, presents his new book exploring the human dimension of the world's largest democracy by weaving together stories of 50 figures from India's history–from ancient scholars to modern artists and filmmakers.

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At the Getty Villa


Rediscovering the Classical Tradition in Southern California

Wednesday, October 5, 2016,
7:30 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Art historian Peter Holliday explores how Californians adapted the art, architecture, and garden design of ancient Greece and Rome to shape the Los Angeles landscape and realize the dream of an idealized lifestyle. Co-presented with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

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

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