Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture


OCTOBER 20, 6 P.M.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents a guest lecture by Debra Burchett-Lere, President of the Sam Francis Foundation, on October 20. In conjunction with Sam Francis: Rapid Fluid Indivisible Vision, Burchett-Lere will discuss Insights into Sam Francis's Fluid Nature.

About Debra Burchett-Lere

Author, exhibition curator, director and president of the Sam Francis Foundation, Debra Burchett-Lere started working with the internationally acclaimed abstract expressionist painter Sam Francis (1923-1994) in the mid-1980s. In 1992 she became Francis's curator and co-director of his business and print studio, The Litho Shop, Inc., in Santa Monica, California. There she handled his day-to-day correspondence, exhibition coordination, museum and book projects, and his art sales with galleries and dealers throughout the world. Upon his death in 1994, she became the director of the Sam Francis Estate and subsequently the Sam Francis Foundation. During this time, Burchett-Lere developed a close personal relationship with Francis.

Her talk will include Francis's innovations as an artist, his generosity as a colleague, his expansive interests in philosophy, literature and science plus personal stories and images.

About the Sam Francis Foundation

Building on Sam Francis's creative legacy, the Sam Francis Foundation is dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change. Its stated mission is to further a greater understanding of Sam Francis's art and ideas through a broad array of programs and activities designed to educate, inform and catalyze new thinking about the importance of creativity in society.


Pre-lecture reception with a cash-only bar begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby; the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets for the guest lecture are $10 for the public, $6 for museum members and free for Firebird Society and Modernist Society members. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.

Image: Wells Fargo Auditorium. © 2014 Wendy Yang Photography

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