Talks

Lectures, conferences, and symposia

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Wednesday

MAR 29

7 pm

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What stories can artists tell that professional and citizen journalists can’t? And do we count too much on the arts to mediate or connect...  Details 

Saturday

APR 1

2 pm

GETTY VILLA

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 

Saturday

APR 1

5 pm

GETTY CENTER

The celebrated French artist Edme Bouchardon (1698–1762) is primarily known as a sculptor today, but, as Edouard Kopp, co-curator of the...  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

GETTY VILLA

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

Wednesday

APR 5

7 pm

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As a religious image, Giulio Romano's Holy Family was intended to concentrate the viewer's attention in the process of prayer, but the...  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

APR 20

7 pm

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Working collaboratively, twin sisters Jane and Louise Wilson create powerful, compelling photographs, videos, and installations that...  Details 

Sunday

APR 30

3 pm

GETTY VILLA

Peter Sellars

The Villa Council Presents

Peter Sellars takes inspiration from his new production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito to consider the concept of clemency.  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 

Saturday

MAY 6

5 pm - 8 pm

GETTY VILLA

Hear about a neighborhood of Pompeii that was peppered with bars and wine shops, then sip wines made from ancient grape varietals.  Details 

Sunday

MAY 7

4 pm - 7 pm

GETTY VILLA

Hear about a neighborhood of Pompeii that was peppered with bars and wine shops, then sip wines made from ancient grape varietals.  Details 

Thursday

MAY 11

10 am - 4 pm

GETTY CENTER

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

Friday

MAY 12

10 am - 4 pm

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

Saturday

MAY 13

3 pm

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Pitting gilded gondolas against sumptuous coaches, Venice and Rome sought to surpass each other in staging the 18th-century's most...  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 

Wednesday

MAY 24

7 pm

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Chris Killip, professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, speaks about his career as a photographer with filmmaker...  Details 

Saturday

MAY 27

5 pm

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Distinguished professor Larry Wolff of New York University returns to the Getty to discuss how historians utilize paintings, such as those...  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 

Wednesday

JUN 7

7:30 pm

GETTY VILLA

Scholars explore the timeless questions of globalization, presented in collaboration with Zócalo Public Square.  Details 

Thursday

JUN 8

7 pm

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Blue describes emotional states, musical and literary genres, and moral codes. And yet, historically, humans have found the color itself...  Details 

Saturday

JUN 10

3 pm - 5 pm

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Explore selected readings in a discussion group led by educators and other experts, followed by a related gallery tour. For this session,...  Details 

Sunday

JUN 11

3 pm

GETTY VILLA

How did 99% of Romans experience city life? Roman scholar Jeremy Hartnett considers a day in the sandals of the city’s poorer residents.  Details 

Saturday

JUN 17

2 pm

GETTY VILLA

Hear about Roman attitudes towards violent spectacle, from gladiatorial combat to public executions, from Kathleen Coleman.  Details 

Saturday

JUN 17

3 pm

GETTY CENTER

The majesty of the two Getty sites—the Getty Center and the Getty Villa—depends in part on the dramatic landscapes surrounding them. In these...  Details