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


When Ages Collide: The Representation of Classical and Contemporary Warriors in Medieval Manuscript Illustration
Tuesday, October 14, 2014,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Tobias Capwell, curator of arms and armor at the Wallace Collection, London, explores the essential characteristics of medieval and Classical warriors as illustrated in manuscript art. Capwell considers the motivations and intentions of the artists who depicted arms and armor of both their own time and from ancient sources through their unique form of visual storytelling.

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At the Getty Villa


Baths, Temples, and Mosaics: Unearthing a Roman-Era City in Western Turkey
Thursday, October 18, 2014,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Villa Auditorium

Recent archaeological excavations at the Romanized city of Antiochia ad Cragum along the southern Turkish coast reveal a city steeped in ostentatious wealth. Join archaeologist Michael Hoff as he provides a personal account of the tombs, baths, sculpture, and a meticulously crafted 1,600-square-foot mosaic discovered there, illustrating the reach and cultural influence of the Roman Empire during the third and fourth centuries. 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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