Past Public Programs, 2017

Michael E. Smith presents an evening with Barbara Buckner and Frank Wright

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The curtain opens with side A of the 1975 LP Solos Duets by Frank Wright, Bobby Few and Alan Silva. Frank Wright a key figure in the development of the Free Jazz movement had a uniquely expressionist saxophone style defined for being explosive, sensitive and most importantly, unpredictable. Wright collaborated, never producing a single record under his own name with a major label, remaining underground for most of his career.


As we flip the record, Michael E. Smith presents us with Hearts, Heads and Millennia three seminal video works produced in 1979-81 by Barbara Buckner. Buckner employed video and computer technologies to create painterly works of strong visual and symbolic resonance. Her formal explorations of the transformative properties of electronic image-processing technology result in metaphoric works of great pictorial sophistication. In her non-narrative, often silent compositions, Buckner’s dense and elusive imagery hovers between abstraction and figuration, resulting in startlingly mysterious manifestations of an otherworldly sensibility.


As the curtain closes we conclude with side B of Solos Duets. Michael E. Smith too remains behind the scenes, reflecting on the hallucinatory and silent compositions of David Ireland’s stage set drawings while himself remaining just out of reach.

Bellingham for David Ireland

Phillip Greenlief

Friday, October 13, 2017


The 500 Capp Street Foundation was 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).


White Box / Black Box

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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.

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.

Lets Get Weird!


 Nayland Blake brings

 The Spectre at Large

 to haunt The Stud!


July 29, 2017 at The Stud

As part of the celebration of the opening of Nayland Blake’s Workroom exhibition in The Garage at The David Ireland House, The 500 Capp Street Foundation and The Stud are proud to present a happy-hour DJ set with Nayland Blake. Blake will bring his imaginary leather bar, The Spectre at Large, to The Stud for 3 hours this upcoming July 29th for a special evening of off-site programming.

Co-hosted by The 500 Capp Street Foundation and The Stud

Photo credit : courtesy of the artist

Earthly Bodies : A score by Brian Collentine, directed by Anna Halprin for The David Ireland House

July 12, 2017

The 500 Capp Street Foundation is proud to present Earthly Bodies, a site-specific performance work scored by Brian Collentine, directed by Anna Halprin and performed by her movement lab. Based on the exhibition, Box of Angels, at The David Ireland House, the dance reflects on David Ireland’s statuary and iconic works, such as Boulevard, 1993 and Angel, 1997, both of them exhibited for the second time in over 20 years and for the first time at 500 Capp Street. The works demonstrate Ireland’s interests in ideas of conceptual and material frailty and echo in Collentine’s take on the works. The dance begins with the physicality of the house and its location on the corner of Capp and 20th. The upper windows have a clear view of the streets below. The outside comes in. Ireland’s ‘angels’ are strewn helter skelter on the back deck and stairs. The intersection of the two create a relationship that become Earthly Bodies.

Brian Collentine has been studying, performing and working with Anna Halprin for 18 years. He is a graphic designer by profession and has a keen interest in the scoring process & the RSVP Cycles developed by Lawrence Halprin. His movement scores have been performed at YBCA and the Mission Cultural Center. He is a member of Anna Halprin’s Sea Ranch collective and has appeared in a number of her films. 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. This has led her to pursue a new language through movement, resulting in iconic performances such as Parades and Changes (1965), Intensive Care: Reflections on Death and Dying (2000), and Spirit of Place (2009).

Place as Process:

Dan Cameron

Thursday, June 22

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.


Place as Process: An Evening with Jibz Cameron

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Los Angeles based artist Jibz Cameron talks her days in bygone San Francisco and her alter ego Dynasty Handbag.

Jibz Cameron is a performance and video artist living in Los Angeles. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been presented at international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years,” and “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative,” by The New Yorker. She has produced numerous video works and 2 albums of original music. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in work by various avant-garde theater groups and in many comedic web series that remain unpopular. She also works as a professor and lecturer of performance and comedy related subjects at Cal-Arts. Cameron recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and is in development with Electric Dynamite on a television series about a performance artist that moves from New York to Los Angeles.

Dynasty Handbag

photographed in Brooklyn, NY May 18, 2013

photo: Allison Michael Orenstein

stylist: Emily Bess


nothing doesn’t happen

Richard T. Walker

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April’s LET’S GET WEIRD! included our current exhibition, The Disagreeable Object with work from our newly launched Visiting Artist Series. Virginia Overton is our first visiting artist, and she has made site-specific work for The  Garage rooftop and inside the House.

LET’S GET WEIRD! creates an atmosphere for conversation and engagement among local art enthusiasts and practitioners with different curated video, music and performance alongside a guest bartender. LET’S GET WEIRD! is an audio/visual program activated throughout the entire David Ireland House, co-organized by the Foundation’s curatorial team, Diego Villalobos and Bob Linder. The idea for the event is rooted in Ireland’s legacy as an active member of the Bay Area arts community and as a frequent host to events like this at his 500 Capp Street home.

Place as Process: An Evening with Virginia Overton

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New York based artist Virginia Overton discussed working in a site-specific manner, the consideration of materials, and artworks that were made for the exhibition The Disagreeable Object.

The night included a tasting of Overton’s sculpture Untitled (Ham, Chandelier),  a cured Mangalitsa ham from her sister’s Wedge Oak Farm in Lebenon, Tennessee. The ham was previously shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art from June 10–September 25, 2016 and was installed in the dining room of the House.

Overton is the first invited artist for the Visiting Artist Series, a program that establishes a dialog between the visiting artist and the David Ireland House, including The 500 Capp Street Foundation’s archive of Ireland’s artwork and ephemera.

Place as Process program: a lecture series that brings artists, curators, and scholars from around the country to discuss their work and connect Ireland’s art with the broader world of contemporary art practice.


March 30, 2017

7 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy the House after sunset, and watch the evening light dance on the walls. Bring a friend or contemplate the House alone in this casual open-house format with Artist Guides on hand to answer your questions and engage in conversation.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Organic Logic: Terry Berlier, Bernie Lubell and Pamela Z

The final segment in a series of three talks in conjunction with our inaugural exhibition in The Garage, centered on the theme of “organic logic.”

For this talk, the artists presented and demonstrated their sound and interactive objects.

Using a variety of materials, from cut wood, to custom electronic devices, to analog record players and their own bodies, the artists contest the performative and visceral aspects of sound and how it changes the way we view and perceive the world around us.

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound based and addresses themes of the environment and queer practice. Bernie Lubell makes interactive wood machines that visually construct the process of thought. Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound, and video.

Artist Talk

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Organic Logic: Amy Balkin, Sharon Daniel and Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich)

The second in a series of three talks in conjunction with our inaugural exhibition in the Garage. Amy Balkin is an artist whose work involves land and the geopolitical relationships that frame it. Sharon Daniel is a media artist who produces interactive and participatory documentaries focused on issues of social, economic, environmental and criminal justice. Fieldworks Collaborative was founded in 2012 by artists/researchers Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich to invent new approaches to creative inquiry and collaborative systems that explore the world we live in.

Artist Talk

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Organic Logic: Jim Melchert, John Roloff, Stephanie Syjuco

The first in a series of three programs in conjunction with our inaugural exhibition in the Garage. This conversation was between artists Jim Melchert, John Roloff and Stephanie Syjuco, centered on expanded definitions of ceramics. They shared their perspectives on the intersections between ceramics, site, performance, and audience participation in the Bay Area.


January 13 – 15, 2017

Booth A16

The 500 Capp Street Foundation participated in the UNTITLED, Art Fair in San Francisco featuring:

  • Public premiere of David Ireland’s Schemes (1988)

The 500 Capp Street Foundation is pleased to present, for the first time, Schemes, a series of nine works on paper by David Ireland. The original works on paper, a mixture of collaged photographs, graphite and paint, are from a series of proposed site-work schemes that Ireland created for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 1988. In our UNTITLED booth, a commissioned series of all nine archival pigment artist proof prints was on display. Read the Untitled Press Release for full information.