Public Programs


White Box / Black Box


Thursday, September 28, 2017

7pm – 9pm




Join The 500 Capp Street Foundation and moderator, Darlene Tong (Board Secretary, La Mamelle / Art Com) for an evening with Nancy Frank (Artist Curator, La Mamelle), Tanya Zimbardo (Assistant Curator of New Media Arts, SFMoMA) and Sharon Grace (Artist and Professor Emerita at the San Francisco Art Institute).


White Box / Black Box will explore the historical milestones in the development of artist telecommunication projects, in relation to La Mamelle / Art Com, as well as other creative practitioners in the Bay Area. The evening will also celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the 1977 landmark project, Send/Receive, a live two-way satellite broadcast between New York and San Francisco. This groundbreaking art event, of which Sharon Grace and La Mamelle were crucial in organizing on the West Coast, was the first transcontinental artist TV project in the United States.


Doors open at 7 p.m.

Conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.


Test Patterns, A Factional Docudrama (in time), 1979; image courtesy of Lynn Hershman Leeson and Rea Baldridge, La Mamelle / Art Com and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

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Score by Phillip Greenlief

Friday, October 13, 2017

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.




The 500 Capp Street Foundation is proud to present Bellingham for David Ireland, a map score for improvising musicians created by Phillip Greenlief for The David Ireland House. Known for his explorations in sound and composition, Oakland-based musician Phillip Greenlief has been working with actual maps to create musical scores. With his most recent score, Bellingham for David Ireland, Greenlief begins by collaging maps of David Ireland’s hometown Bellingham, Washington. Greenlief then adds key words to the map score, which reflect up on different attributes of Ireland’s life history, his home, and his artworks.


An hour-long performance, Greenlief’s Bellingham for David Ireland establishes compositional cues for an ensemble of eight musicians who will be performing in rooms and hallways, building an immersive listening experience for visitors as they explore 500 Capp Street.


List of performers: Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin), Phillip Greenlief (saxophone), Zachary James Watkins (electronics), Aurora Josephson (voice), Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba), Kelley Kipperman (bass), Karen Stackpole (gongs), Wobbly (electronics).



Doors open at 7 p.m.

Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of Phillip Greenlief

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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.