Frances Stark

Frances Stark, Behold Man (Nancy and Sluggo recto verso pendant pair), 2017

Frances Stark, Behold Man (Nancy and Sluggo recto verso pendant pair), 2017 (detail). Ink, spray paint, and gesso on canvas. Two canvases, each 51 x 84 inches.  © Frances Stark, Courtesy the Artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York, and Brussels

  • November 16, 2021 7:00 PM

“But what of Frances Stark,” the title of a 2009 artist’s book asks, “standing by itself, a naked name, bare as a ghost to whom one would to lend a sheet?” The perfect fit of this artist’s name is almost enough to convince you that people are language’s instruments, and not the reverse. Katherine Statorius, “Portrait of a Bird: The Work of Frances Stark,” Los Angeles Review of Books, January 9, 2016

Frances Stark, an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Los Angeles, gives a brief overview of the evolving role of reading and the page in her work over the past 25 years, in conjunction with the Modern’s FOCUS: Frances Stark. With a wry and intelligent humor, and the ability to find value in all aspects of life, even its failures, Stark’s ideas hold the viewer in a state of looking and musing that finds its way to serious contemplation of big questions and issues of our time.

Frances Stark lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She earned an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and a BA in Humanities from San Francisco State University, and her work has been exhibited extensively, including in solo shows at MoMA PS1 and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and notable group exhibitions such as the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

This popular series of lectures and presentations by artists, architects, historians, and critics is free and open to the public. Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Modern’s auditorium. Seating is at 6:30 pm. A livestream broadcast of the lecture will be available here.

A limited number of tickets (limit two per person) will be available for purchase ($5) from 10 am until 4 pm the day of the lecture online. Free admission tickets (limit two per person) are available at the Modern’s information desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. 

On Tuesday nights during the lecture series, the galleries are open until 7 pm and Café Modern’s bar is open (no food service available.) Lectures will not be broadcast into the café this season.

Following CDC recommendations, face masks or cloth face coverings are required for entry to the museum for visitors over the age of 2. This includes in the auditorium and in Café Modern when not at your table or consuming food and beverages. 


Podcasts of these lectures are available at, two weeks after the presentation date.
Video recordings of the lectures are available on the Modern's YouTube channel.

Promotional support is generously provided by Glasstire.