Talks

Lectures, conferences, and symposia

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Tuesday

FEB 21

7 pm

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Professor Emeritus John Onians presents neuroarthistory, an approach to art that makes use of the latest neuroscientific knowledge.  Details 

Thursday

FEB 23

7 pm - 8:30 pm

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Artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar, winner of the MacArthur and Guggenheim awards, discusses his recent work and reflects on...  Details 

Saturday

FEB 25

1 pm

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To celebrate Academy Awards weekend, the Getty presents author Karen Maness who recounts the history of hand-painted backdrops used in...  Details 

Saturday

FEB 25

4 pm

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Public Fiction

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A multi-faceted project run by curator Lauren Mackler that explores artistic experimentation in Los Angeles.  Details 

Sunday

FEB 26

2 pm

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A collaborative reading of Ways of Seeing, the influential essay by British writer John Berger.  Details 

Tuesday

FEB 28

9 am - 9:15 am

ONLINE ONLY FACEBOOK LIVE

Peter Louis Bonfitto presents extraordinary proof prints from a neoclassical diplomatic voyage to the Ottoman court  Details 

Tuesday

FEB 28

7 pm

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A newly restored 1968 film depicting one man's struggles to adapt to social and political changes following the Cuban Revolution.  Details 

Wednesday

MAR 1

7 pm

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Simon Goodman discusses his book The Orpheus Clock—a fascinating true story about Nazi looting of art and restitution.  Details 

Saturday

MAR 4

11 am - 5:30 pm

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This two-day, academic symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the University of California, Los Angeles, brings together scholars...  Details 

Saturday

MAR 4

7 pm

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Ukranian-born pianist Inna Faliks, professor of piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, joins art historians Richard Kendall and...  Details 

Tuesday

MAR 14

9 am - 9:15 am

ONLINE ONLY FACEBOOK LIVE

Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Getty Research Institute's first online exhibition.  Details 

Saturday

MAR 18

2 pm

GETTY VILLA

Discover how exotic plants and new fruit varieties developed by Roman elites made their way into villa gardens from historian Annalisa Marzano.  Details 

Wednesday

MAR 22

7 pm

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Sculptor Charles Ray, whose Boy with Frog stands in front of the Getty Museum, joins the Getty's curators of sculpture, Anne-Lise Desmas,...  Details 

Saturday

APR 1

2 pm

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British Museum curator Irving Finkel reveals how decoding a single 4,000 year old clay tablet has enabled a new interpretation of the myth of Noah's Ark.  Details 

Sunday

APR 2

10 am - 5:30 pm

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Conference exploring the diffusion and reception of Bouchardon’s oeuvre and the artist’s relationships with his contemporaries.  Details 

Sunday

APR 2

2 pm

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Irving Finkel tells of his lifelong fascination with an ancient board game and discovering a cuneiform tablet containing original rules.  Details 

Thursday

APR 6

7 pm

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Panelists compare the poetic art of Ian Hamilton Finlay to that of his contemporaries in Brazil, Austria, and France.  Details 

Thursday

MAY 4

7 pm

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In the 9th-century Carolingian Empire, scribes and artists played a leading role in the preservation and interpretation of ancient culture....  Details 

Thursday

MAY 11

10 am - 5 pm

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This symposium explores the histories of art, archaeology, and ethnography museums across Latin America.  Details 

Friday

MAY 12

10 am - 5 pm

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This symposium explores the histories of art, archaeology, and ethnography museums across Latin America.  Details 

Wednesday

MAY 17

7 pm

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Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who has worked with directors Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, and Stephen Spielberg on such films as Malcolm X,...  Details 

Saturday

MAY 20

2 pm

GETTY VILLA

Author Colm Tóibín reads from his new novel, a retelling of an ancient classic.  Details 

Sunday

JUN 4

3 pm

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With one eye on the practicalities and perils of travel in Italy in past centuries, Julian Brooks, senior curator of drawings at the Getty,...  Details