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


Walter Hopps: The Dream Colony

Wednesday, June 28, 2017,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

Free; advance ticket required.

The Dream Colony: A Life in Art is a vivid, personal, and irreverent account of the innovative, iconoclastic curator Walter Hopps (1932–2005), begun a few years before his death. Arts writer Anne Doran, who recorded Hopps's account, and Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of The New Yorker who edited the autobiography, speak with Getty president James Cuno and offer an enlightening chronicle of Hopps's life and some of the greatest artistic minds of the 20th century.

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At the Getty Villa


The Past on Tap: Feasts and Fermented Brews in Ancient Europe

Saturday, July 15, 2017
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
4:00–7:00 p.m.
Getty Villa, Auditorium and Café Terrace

$65; ticket required.

Hear from archaeologist Bettina Arnold how artifacts found at burial sites, and residue scraped from inside a 2,500-year-old bronze cauldron, shed light on feasting and power-drinking in pre-Roman Europe. Then join certified beer expert Mark Mark Keene to taste brews inspired by ancient ingredients at an outdoor reception. This includes a malt-and-honey beverage based on the cauldron's contents, using a recipe crafted with high-tech analysis, a savvy paleobotanist, and enthusiastic brewmasters.

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

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