Past Public Programs, 2016

LET’S GET WEIRD! (again)

Thursday, December 29, 2016


The Punch Press is DRAG!



  • Live show by the Bay Area’s most experimental Drag Queens at 8 p.m. with lip-syncs inspired by the work of David Ireland.
  • A “DUMB BALL” where the drag queens will hit the David Ireland House-as-runway, and “werk, werk, werk it out!

With: VivvyAnne ForeverMORE,  Vain Hein, Qween, Silk Worm

  • Featured video work by Meredeath on view in the Accordion Shop.
  • Special cocktail by Veruca Bathsalts so delicious that you’ll be “OKAYY GURRRRLLLLING,” while listening to the gayest DJ set by Siobhan Aluvalot (GAYFACE) ever heard (voguing encouraged).
  • Free The Punch Press is DRAG! short-run edition posters, printed by COLPA press, available until they’re not.


Thursday, December 15, 2016


Margaret Tedesco: Punctuation from the Archive


How does an archive begin—is it an active decision to become a keeper of collective memory?

Since the 1980’s artist and curator Margaret Tedesco has been developing an extensive archive of ephemera, zines, books, works on paper and objects, with particular interest in poetry, performance and queer phenomenology.

Upon walking into Tedesco’s apartment in 1995 the late artist Ann Chamberlain simply panned the living room that contained her archive and said: “These stacks seem to be well-massaged.”

For her presentation Punctuation from the Archive, Tedesco will highlight a history of performance, as well as ephemera and objects from her collection and discuss her relationship to the archive as collaborator.

The best way to observe my archive: tripping down the rabbit hole, no focus, losing attention.

The archive plays itself.



Thursday, November 17, 2016


Lawrence Rinder on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha


Director and Chief Curator of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Lawrence Rinder has curated and written extensively about the work of Korean-American avant-garde artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, who engaged with notions of identity and displacement and created a small but mature body of work before her death in 1982. In this lecture, Rinder discusses her multi-disciplinary practice and screens some of the artist’s short films.


This program is the second in our 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.


Thursday, November 3, 2016


Bob Nickas:100 Paintings / 100 Years (1915–2015)


New York based curator, author, and critic Bob Nickas has been writing about art since 1984 and is widely considered among the boldest and most influential voices in the field. He established index magazine in 1996 with artist Peter Halley and has organized exhibitions of work by artists including Peter Hujar, Lee Lozano, Stephen Shore, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Christopher Wool.  In this tour-de-force lecture, he chronologically profiles 100 paintings—one painting per year—engaging with art history as a game of exquisite corpse.


This program kicks off 500 Capp Street’s new 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.


Thursday, October 27, 2016


LET’S GET WEIRD! is an audio/visual program activated throughout the entire David Ireland House on Last Thursday Nights (except this November). This is a unique opportunity to see and hang out in parts of the house that are not usually accessible on our regular tours. The patio will be open in addition to the main house and the Accordion Shop. Featuring different curated video, music and performance alongside a guest bartender, LET’S GET WEIRD! creates a fun atmosphere for conversation and engagement among local art enthusiasts and practitioners. This series of events is co-organized by the Foundation’s curatorial team, Diego Villalobos and Bob Linder. A short run edition of Risograph posters will be printed by COLPA press.


The idea for LET’S GET WEIRD! is rooted in David 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.



Artist Bartender: Will Rogan

Video Selection : Anne McGuire (I’d like to reach across the ocean)

Music Selection: V. Vale (RE/Search Publications)

+ “a young punk” aka Pedro Verdin, Bay Area Punk from 1977-79 via YouTube.


Thursday, September 22, 2016


Phillip Greenlief


Known internationally for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum, Oakland-based saxophonist Phillip Greenlief makes music that keeps time with Ireland’s do-it-yourself ethos. On the occasion of The Echo, he performs a live improvisational set that responds to the home’s spatial acoustics. Greenlief roved through the house, “reading” it as if it were sheet music, creating a contemplative and ambient listening experience for visitors as they meandered through the space, following Greenlief or having a private moment in adjacent rooms.


Thursday, September 15, 2016


Jane Reed on Skellig 

Join us for a conversation between Jane Reed and Paco Prieto.


San Francisco-based filmmaker and curator Jane Reed shares her experience of traveling with David Ireland to the island of Skellig Michael in 1983 and explores his fascination with the landscape, which led to the creation of his “Skellig” Painted Photographs—his first venture into photography.

Paco Prieto, artist and long-time friend of David Ireland will be in conversation with Reed to discuss art practices and more. Prieto’s material of choice is primarily wood, but he is a versatile multi media constructionist and skillfully utilizes metal, glass and stone in his custom large scale architectural fixtures. He lives and works at the Prieto Studios in Oakland, founded by his family in the early 1970’s.


Thursday, August 18, 2016




The work of San Francisco-based experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson merges projected installation and live collaborative sound performances in order to create a unique cinematic experience. Clipson’s films, mostly done on super 8 film and 16mm, combine natural and urban landscapes, resulting in abstract environments and visual forms. For the David Ireland House, Clipson presents a selection of recent works and will premiere a new film. Image credit: still from FEELER, 2016