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