Public Programs

Place as Process:

Dan Cameron

Thursday, June 22

 7 – 9 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the House before program begins at 7:30

In 1991, Dan Cameron curated The Savage Garden, at the Fundacion ‘la Caixa,’ Madrid. The exhibition explored ideas of landscape as metaphor, the gray area between abstraction and representation, and the desire to deny categorization between artistic mediums. Amongst the several artists included in the exhibition were David Ireland and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, both of them featured together in Box of Angels, the current exhibition at The David Ireland House. For his talk at 500 Capp Street, Cameron will expand on this exhibition and other projects that have informed his curatorial practice.


Dan Cameron is Founder and Artistic Director of U.S. Biennial that produces Prospect New Orleans, a new international biennial whose first edition opened in November 2008. He is also the Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. Cameron was Senior Curator at the New Museum from 1995 to 2006, where he curated numerous exhibitions including Carroll Dunham, William Kentridge, Cildo Meireles, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy and Francesco Vezzoli. In 2003 Cameron served as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial, entitled Poetic Justice, and in 2006 he co-organized the 10th Taipei Biennial, Dirty Yoga. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.

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image: Dan Cameron, Wikicommons, 2008.

Anna Halprin choreographs The David Ireland House

July 12, 2017

 On the day before her 97th birthday, choreographer Anna Halprin, with dancer Brian Collentine, will activate the David Ireland House with an afternoon of dance. Developing a score that considers the house, it’s surrounding neighborhood, and performers as one, the dancers, dressed in only black and white costumes, will bring to life Haprin’s and Collentine’s fluidly choreographed piece. Visitors are encouraged to experience the work in a free-flowing manner, both inside and outside of the David Ireland House.
For over 50 years, Anna Halprin has been challenging conventional notions of dance. At the core of Halprin’s artistic philosophy is the need for art to reflect the everyday life. A pioneer in postmodern dance, Halprin’s work is characterized by her close collaboration with her late husband, the renowned landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin, and with professional and nonprofessional dancers. At the core of Halprin’s artistic philosophy is the need for art to reflect the everyday life. This has led her to pursuit a new language through movement, resulting in iconic performances such as Parades and Changes (1965), Intensive Care: Reflections on Death and Dying (2000), and Seniors Rocking (2005).
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Photo : Kent Reno

Other Related Happenings

Ongoing on the web

SFMoMA’s Open Space

With a prologue written about their close relationship with the house, curators Diego Villalobos and Bob Linder present text on David Ireland’s inspiration for 500 Capp Street. Read, in David’s own words, about how he arrived back in San Francisco to create one of the world’s most unique artworks, both physically and conceptually. Follow this link to SFMoMA Open Space.

July 6 – August 4, 2017

Marlborough Contemporary, NYC  

Marlborough Contemporary in New York will feature David Ireland’s Painted Photographs from 1994 “Skellig Series”, in the group exhibition, FEEDBACK , curated by Leo Fitzpatrick.