Darlene Tong, Nancy Frank, Tanya Zimbardo and Sharon Grace
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 explores 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 also celebrated 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.

Twilight Tour of Amulet or He calls it chaos

Thursday, May 30, 201
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Come enjoy The David Ireland House after sunset. In a unique opportunity have a chance to view the current exhibition, Amulet or He calls it chaos, and spend time inside 500 Capp Street during twilight. Bring a friend or contemplate the House alone, Artist Guides will be on hand to answer questions.

Amulet or He calls it chaos features works by Mathis Altmann, Tony Cokes, Moyra Davey, Michel Houellebecq, Hans Haacke, Katharina Grosse, Rashid Johnson, Sherrie Levine, Mark McCloud, Cady Noland, Will Rogan, Jorge Satorre, Cindy Sherman, Gabriel Sierra, Oscar Tuazon, and Andra Ursuţa. 

Tony Cokes, Black September (Evil.2/3), 2003. Single channel video, 2:08 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery. Photograph by Preston/Kalogiros



David Wilson engages The David Ireland House in a hybrid residency and exhibition

January, 2021 – May, 2021

The David Ireland House announces the first long term residency of its kind with Bay Area artist David Wilson. Over the next four months, Wilson will be exploring the archives and situating the House in context of the neighborhood through a series of scored walks and drawing exercises. His residency will conclude with an exhibition, public ephemeral installations, and a series of public programs in spring 2021.

After an initial period of sinking into the House and its surroundings, Wilson plans to create a set of printed directions for visitors to discover sites of neighborhood intervention, with conceptual gestures inspired by David Ireland. These directions offer a constellation of independent experiences that result in a shared intimacy–while remaining safely apart–as a unique opportunity to ‘convene’ in a time when gathering is not possible. 

David Wilson creates observational drawings based in direct experiences with landscape and orchestrates site-based gatherings that draw together a wide net of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, and artisans into collaborative relationships. He organized the experimental exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and received the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 2012 SECA Art Award. He has exhibited his work with SFMOMA, was included in the 2010 CA Biennial, and presented a Matrix solo exhibition at BAMPFA. Wilson has received grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation, Southern Exposure, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He is based in Oakland, CA.

Image credit: David Wilson, Here Today (durational drawings made as daily practice), January 5, 2020 – April 15, 2020.

Saturday Neighborhood Art Crawl

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Wander 20th and Utah street and visit new exhibitions at Catharine Clark Gallery, The David Ireland House, KADIST, and Southern Exposure! While safety protocols remain in place, fixed start times do not, and we are all open 12-5 pm with no appointment necessary. We all look forward to welcoming you back for the long-awaited summer exhibition season.

Exhibitions on view

Catharine Clark Gallery,  248 Utah Street
Open Field: Nine Artists Respond to the Ideals of Black Mountain College
Open Field includes work by Jen Bervin, Lenka Clayton, LigoranoReese, Mary Muszynski, Reniel Del Rosario, Stephanie Syjuco, Leilah Talukder, and Amy Trachtenberg. Full information here.

The David Ireland House, 500 Capp Street
David Wilson’s solo exhibition was developed over 4 months of residency. Full information here.

KADIST, 3295 20th Street
Seeing Sound, curated by Barbara London
The group exhibition explores current trajectories in sound art through the works by Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young. Full information here.

Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street
We use our hands to support, curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
This project includes installations, garments, banners, and manifestos based on aesthetics of resistance and transformative collectivity by Fronteristxs Collective, Amanda Curreri, Kimi Hanauer, and Sam Vernon. Full information here.

Image by Dongyoung Lee

Value Culture x The David Ireland House

Thursday, June 24, 6-8pm

Intimate VIP evening consists of open bar, crafted cocktails, bites, curated house experience of the David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street, and music from world renowned 14TH CENTURY SUFI CHAMBER FUSION ENSEMBLE. Hosted by Value Culture and The David Ireland House.  

$60 gains access for 1.

$100 gains access for 2.

RSVP valueculture.org/500capp

All donations are 100% tax deductible supporting Value Culture and The 500 Capp Street Foundation.

Value Culture: The mission of Value Culture is to produce and support artistic, educational, charitable, and spiritual events to inspire individuals to give back to their communities.

The 500 Capp Street Foundation: The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco is the historic home turned work of art created by the late, pioneering conceptual artist David Ireland. The House presents exhibitions and educational programs celebrating Ireland’s artistic legacy, and hosts collaborative events to strengthen San Francisco’s cultural community—bringing together artists, scholars, teachers, students, and the public—as Ireland’s home did during his lifetime.

Falsa Music: Submerge yourself with the sounds of @FalsaMusic, a New York-based Sufi music ensemble known for the instrumentation of vocals, harmonium, electric bass VI, Spanish guitar, drum set, tabla, Carnatic violin, and trumpet. Falsa’s ability to mold the traditional sounds within a modern context will mesmerize you into states that can be meditative at times and, at other, explosive.

2022 Benefit Auction

Join 500 Capp Street for our inaugural


Benefit Auction Party
October 13, 6:30pm

Silent Auction Open
September 26 – October 14

We are excited to honor Mildred Howard during 500 Capp Street’s Inaugural Benefit Auction. 

A key figure in the Bay Area art scene, Berkeley-based artist Mildred Howard is known for her stunning large-scale sculptural installations, public artworks, assemblage sculptures, and mixed media works. 

Howard was a part of the Bay Area Conceptual art scene as an up-and-coming artist in the 70s and 80s. Howard and David Ireland share a common interest in the everyday and use light and time as tenants of their practice.

The two artists became long-lasting friends with an introduction through Ireland’s role as Howard’s graduate advisor. When visiting her graduate studio, Mildred states he would be put at ease as he had a deep respect for her practice, stating, “I can finally relax.” He remained encouraging of her work with advice such as “get rid of the clutter” or “paint it out.” The wisdom she learned from Ireland she still passes on to artists she mentors today. Howard credits Ireland as an inspiration for a selection of her works, including Skillet to the Flying Pan: Sitting Black (2007). Read more about Howard here.


Don’t miss your chance to participate in a lively evening with proceeds funding our exhibitions, programs, and educational workshops in the coming year. We can only continue to encourage artistic experimentation, support new modes of living, and build community with your support. 

VIP Hour featuring

Salimatu Amabebe

To David Ireland, dining was everything. Join Amabebe (they/he) – a Nigerian American Chef, multimedia artist, and founder and director of Black Feast – for a special VIP Hour culinary event at the intersection of food and art.

Special performances by

Newoncé Gazelle

Bateria Batuci

Culinary delights by

Miles Ake

Ryoji Kajikawa

Chef Coco

Drinks by

Fort Point Beer


Marioni Wine


Benefit Auction Party

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – VIP Hour

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Festivities & Live Auction

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – After Party

With special guest chefs, artists, and DJs


$150 – Individual Ticket

$500 – VIP Ticket

Sponsorship Levels

$2,500 – Artist Steward 

$5,000 – Education Partner

$7,500 – Community Builder

$10,000 – Creator

Purchase your ticket at 500cappbenefit.givesmart.com

Sponsorship packages include unique opportunities of support tailored to your interest. Contact Julianna Heller at julianna@500cappstreet.org to learn more.  

Silent Auction

Open September 26 – October 14

Place your bids today by clicking the bid button at the top of this page.

Featuring Artwork and Experiences by

Saif Azzuz

Libby Black

Ajit Chauhan

Linda Connor

Rico Duenas

Ricki Dwyer


Matt Goldberg

Ann Hatch

Nathan Lynch

Tom Marioni

Daniel Melo Morales

Jim Melchert

Jennie Ottinger

Gay Outlaw

J. John Priola

Rachelle Reichert

Eric Ruby

Amy Trachtenberg

Andy Vogt

Robert Wilhite

Michael Zheng

Minoosh Zomorodinia

Event Co-Chairs

PJ Gubatina Policarpio

David Wilson

Host Committee*

Drew Bennett 

Phoebe Brookbank

Rebecca Camacho

Myles Danielsen

Joanne Easton

Amber Goldstein

Elena Gross

Hilary Hogan

Sophia Kinell

Viet Le

Amelia Manderscheid

Micki Meng

Azzurra Alliata di Montereale

Julie Norris

Laura Pacchini

Lauren Ryan

Ana Saygi

Sarah Wendell Sherrill

Kelsey Shell

Claudia Altman Siegel

Jessica Silverman

Adam Swig

Artist Stewards

 Shawn Byers

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