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


Mary Beard: The Twelve Caesars in Modern Art
Wednesday, September 18, 2019,
7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Free; advance ticket required.

Renowned classicist Mary Beard goes on the hunt for Roman emperors in art since the Renaissance—from misidentified portraits to lost masterpieces, and from wallpaper to costly images of power. One of the works she examines is the Getty's painting The Age of Augustus, The Birth of Christ (ca. 1853) by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Beard is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, the author of numerous award-winning and best-selling books about the ancient world, and a frequent host on the BBC. She is also a recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal.

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At the Getty Villa


Sophocles' Philoctetes—From Wounding to Healing
Saturday, September 21, 2019,
3:00 p.m.
Getty Villa

Free; advance ticket required.

Philosopher Marina McCoy explores questions of friendship, vulnerability, and healing in Sophocles' play Philoctetes.

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