Artist conversation between Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo & David Wilson

Wednesday, June 23, 6 pm PT
In Person & Online

Join us for an intimate artist conversation between David Wilson and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo on Wednesday, June 23 at 6pm. Drop by in person, or tune in on Instagram Live @500cappstreet. David Wilson is the resident artist of The David Ireland House while artist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is the curator of Southern Exposure’s current exhibition, We use our hands to support. They have previously collaborated with one another and now find themselves in the same neighborhood doing collective exhibition work. Join the artists as they check in on each other, share stories and, exchange experiences of their work processes in an intimate one-on-one dialog.

This program will take place outdoors on The David Ireland House terrace. Free and open to the public.

Doors: 5:30 pm PT
Program: 6:00 pm PT

Links to the shows:
We use our hands to support, Curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo at Southern Exposure @southernexposuresf

Sittings, David Wilson exhibition after 4 months of residency at The David Ireland House @500cappstreet

About the artists:

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives/works between Ohlone Land [Oakland, CA] and Powhatan Land [Richmond,VA]. Their work has been included in exhibitions and performances at Konsthall C [Stockholm, Sweden], SEPTEMBER Gallery [Hudson, NY], EFA Project Space [New York City, NY], Leslie Lohman Museum [New York City, NY], San Francisco State University Gallery, Signal Center for Contemporary Art [Malmo, Sweden], Yerba Buena Center for the Arts [San Francisco, CA] and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [Berkeley, CA], amongst others. For the past 5 years, Lukaza has been the Lead Curator at Nook Gallery [Oakland, CA], collaborating with over 80+ artists, writers, performers & musicians, in a gallery located in their apartment kitchen. They are currently enrolled in an MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

David Wilson creates observational drawings based on 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 and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He is based in Oakland, CA.



Join us for an extraordinary weekend of creativity and collaboration, hosted by two vibrant organizations in a shared mission of fostering sustainability and planting seeds within our Bay Area arts ecosystem. Together, 500 Capp Street and Berkeley Art Center are presenting a joint fundraiser including an art sale, film screenings with Canyon Cinema, performances, and opening party.


This joint fundraiser sale will feature 100+ Bay Area artists, and ticketed entry will dictate your access to purchasing exclusive works!

  • VIP ACCESS: Purchase VIP tickets at $200-$400 for first access to 100+ works on DAY 1: Friday 5/3 from 4-7PM (+ access to all other events!)
  • DAY 2 ACCESS: Purchase tickets at $125 for access to purchasing remaining works left in the sale (+ access to workshops and film screening!)
  • DAY 3 ACCESS: Purchase tickets at $60-$75 for access to purchasing remaining works left in the sale after DAY 1 & 2, and help us close out this collaboration with exciting performances!


500 Capp Street and Berkeley Art Center are continuing in their collaboration to support Bay Area artists and forge partnerships that envision new models of support for our arts ecosystem. Arts & Culture thrives on deepening relationships, and we’re inviting YOU, our community to envision these new models with us! Learn more about 500 CAPP STREET, BERKELEY ART CENTER, and CANYON CINEMA on our websites.


Spring Schedule 2024

Our new spring schedule starts March 14th! We will be open weekly on Thursdays.

Group Tours and Archive visits are by appointment. Email for more info.

Afternoon Experience:

Thursday 3pm and 4pm



Explore the David Ireland House, the West Coast’s foremost example of a house transformed into an environmental artwork.

Dusk Experience:

Thursday 6-8pm

$30, cocktail and mocktail of the month included in the ticket price.

March Cocktail: 100 year old water

As the sun sets on the horizon, join us at 500 Capp Street for our new Dusk Experience. Explore the David Ireland House under twilight’s glow, savor our new cocktail of the month, the “Melted Snow”, and mingle with fellow art enthusiasts while listening to a curated music selection. Don’t miss the video installation of Tokyo and NY based artist-duo Zakkubalan and the lighting of David Irelands, Fire Drawing (Blow Torch Chandelier).

*Please be aware our elevator is currently out of service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

*Saturday Self-Guided tours will resume in the fall.

 Orquídeas Wrap-Up Talk by Marcel Pardo Ariza & “Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects” Book Launch 

Design by Jorge Gonzalez

Friday, January 19, 2024

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Location: 500 Capp St. San Francisco, California


Join us in celebrating the launch of the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects from the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) in San Francisco. The book features a series of commissioned photographs by Marcel Pardo Ariza, and the editors are thrilled to present a pop-up book launch event as part of Marcel’s fabulous Orquídeas installation and program series at 500 Capp St. Marcel will discuss Orquídeas as the project nears the end of its residency, and the book’s co-editors, David Evans Frantz, Christina Linden, and Chris E. Vargas, will talk about the book while everyone enjoys snacks and drinks provided by 500 Capp St. Books will be available for purchase and signing as long as supplies last!

Surveying over three centuries of trans life, this volume brings together a capacious selection of artworks, archival documents, publications, and artifacts. The book is a continuation of artist Chris E. Vargas’s MOTHA, a museum forever “under construction” that exists as a creative and critical exploration of LGBTQ archives, asking audiences to think critically about how a visual history of transgender life could and should look.

About the speakers:
Chris E. Vargas is a video maker & interdisciplinary artist, an artist, the founder of the Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art, and co-editor of Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. His work deploys humor and performance to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture. He is a recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital award and a 2020 John S. Guggenheim fellowship.

David Evans Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles, and co-editor of Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. He began his curatorial career at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, where he first worked with Chris E. Vargas and MOTHA. He also co-edited the catalog for Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. He curated the accompanying exhibition as well as the exhibition Teddy Sandoval And The Butch Gardens School Of Art, currently on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum, with C. Ondine Chavoya.

Christina Linden met Chris E. Vargas through friends. She met David Evans Frantz while conducting research for the exhibition Queer California: Untold Stories, which she curated at the Oakland Museum of California, and in which MOTHA had an installation. She is the Director of Academic and Public Programs at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

Marcel Pardo Ariza is the featured artist of 500 Capp Street’s recent exhibition, Orquídeas. They are a trans, nonbinary visual artist, curator, and cultural worker whose work explores the relationship of representation, intergenerational kinship, and queerness through constructed photographs and site-specific installations. Through staging and collaboration, Ariza deploys sets as a site of possibility for (re)building a story and materializing alternative and attainable present and future narratives. Ariza enjoys playing with the arbitrary rigidity that is often present in the photographic medium and the work is invested in creating long-term interdisciplinary collaborations and opportunities that are nonhierarchical and equitable. Marcel is the current recipient of the SECA Art Award.

Café Porno

by Jorge Gonzales



Cafe Porno is a dessert pop up collaboration between Marcel Pardo Ariza and Artist-Chef Salimatu Amabebe. All proceeds from the event will go to the Naughty Nurse Mobile, a van that supports sex workers during late nights in the Mission District.

Holiday Hours

We will be closed December 25 to January 1. See you in 2024!