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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.


Benefit Auction

Join 500 Capp Street for our inaugural

BENEFIT AUCTION

Benefit Auction Party
October 13


Silent Auction Open
September 26 – October 14

BUY YOUR TICKETS

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.

Benefit Auction Party featuring

Special performances by

Newoncé Gazelle

Bateria Batuci

Culinary delights by

Miles Ake

Ryoji Kajikawa

Chef Coco

Drinks by

Fort Point Beer

Ghia

Marioni Wine

PURCHASE TICKETS

Benefit Auction Party

Thursday, October 13
500 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Honoring 

Mildred Howard 

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

Tickets

$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.  

Event Co-Chairs

PJ Gubatina Policarpio

David Wilson

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The David Ireland House relies on support from individuals and foundations. Join us in supporting artists and their ideas by donating today.

Become a donor of The David Ireland House and join a vibrant community of artists, scholars, neighbors, and friends who shape its future! Every donation is vital to protecting this important cultural treasure and ensuring it remains an accessible space for ongoing artistic dialogue. All gifts help, large and small. Thank you for your crucial support!

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Giving Circles

Enhance your experience of The David Ireland House by joining a Giving Circle. Your contribution ensures the House continues to grow as a dynamic contemporary art space for education, creation, and experimentation for generations to come. 

Provide support while enjoying distinctive privileges and even greater access. For more information contact Laura Pacchini at laura@500cappstreet.org

GROUNDBREAKER Giving Circle / $500+

LIGHTKEEPER Giving Circle / $1,000+

KEYHOLDER Giving Circle / $3,000+

STABILIZER Giving Circle / $15,000+


Giving Circles 2022

STABILIZER

Suzanne Helmuth & Jock Reynolds
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
John Sanger
Anonymous

KEYHOLDER

Dan Ake & Peggy Ingalls*
Anne Deveraux-Mills
Joshua Jenkins
Sarah & Stephen Sherrill

LIGHTKEEPER

Julie Norris
Roselyne Swig; in honor of Constance Lewallen
David Wilson

GROUNDBREAKER


Giving Circles 2021

STABILIZER

Dan Ake & Peggy Ingalls*
Suzanne Helmuth & Jock Reynolds
Carlie Wilmans

KEYHOLDER

Berger Family Foundation
Amy Berk*
Rico Duenas*
Evans Hankey & Brooke Lane
The Japan Foundation
Matt Rolandson & Sam Tripodi
John Sanger
Anonymous (2)

LIGHTKEEPER

Philip Anglim
Carla Emil
Dudley & Michael Del Balso
Randi & Bob Fisher
Fraenkel Gallery
Lexie Fisher George & Mark George
Ann Hatch
Mildred Howard
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Kathy Klausner & Benni Strebel
Tom Loughlin
Jim Melchert
Gay Outlaw & Bob Schmitz
Eugene Whang
Anonymous

GROUNDBREAKER

Kristen Espinosa & Matthew Wright
Kristin Ingram
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Paco Prieto
The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco
David Wilson
Anonymous

*In-kind donation


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Archival Update

At 500 Capp Street, we preserve all facets of David Ireland’s legacy, even the problematic aspects of his past. We acknowledge that the objects displayed in Ireland’s dining room, including the taxidermied animals and cultural artifacts acquired during  his time as a safari  guide in East Africa, tie him to extractive colonial histories and practices rooted in imperial fascination and exploitation. We also acknowledge how the objects have made the space uncomfortable for the museum’s staff, visitors, and collaborating artists. 

Under our current leadership, we choose to address these issues head on rather than gloss over or hide this layer of Ireland’s life from public view. Through meaningful programming  we will explore how these troublesome histories still resonate in our lives today. In collaboration with our team, researchers, and scholars, we will be hosting a series of programming that asks: how does colonization and the exploitation of people and resources shape the trail of object collection? And, what steps can we take to actively decolonize the root of exhibition-making within a museum context? We look forward to your continued support as we begin sharing this important work-in-progress with you over the coming year.

Photo by Henrik Kam

Broom Collection with Boom

David Ireland, Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988. Photograph by Henrik Kam

About David Ireland’s Broom Collection with Boom

Broom Collection with Boom, 1978/1988, is one of the most recognized assemblage and sculptural works by David Ireland. The work was a centerpiece at 500 Capp Street for nearly three decades before its acquisition by SFMOMA in 2007. It is composed of old salvaged brooms left behind by the House’s former owner, accordion maker Paul Greub. These are wired together into a ring and arranged in a clock formation. The brooms stand on their bristles and are arrayed from the least to most worn in a counterbalance, stabilized by a boom. Ireland considered this work a social sculpture because he felt that the brooms were a social instrument of Greub’s day to day existence.

Gary Schefsky

Gary J. Schefsky is the founder and CEO of New Luna Ventures, a leading impact venture capital advisor and investor in food 2.0, ag tech, robotics, ai, software, renewable energy, & community enrichment. Leveraging his business acumen, creative problem-solving, and strategic planning approach he supports entrepreneurs and nonprofits with actionable plans, enhanced communications, and capital funding strategies. Gary is an avid benefactor, patron of the arts, and art collector with an emphasis on conceptual views of the environment and landscape. Gary gives back through his stewardship of cultural institutions. He was formerly a member of the SFMOMA Photography Accessions Committee and held Board of Trustee roles with the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles. Gary holds a BA, cuma sum laude, from University California, at Davis and a JD and LL.M in Transnational Business Practice from the University of the Pacific.

A “Suite of Daze” by William T. Wiley

Suite of Daze is a book of hand drawn etchings and text by artist William T. Wiley. It was printed at Landfall Press in Chicago under the direction of Jack Lemon in 1977. They were printed in an edition of 50 by Timothy Berry of Teaberry Press with the text being set and printed by Holbrook Teter of Spring Creek Typesetting Service. This book was Wiley’s first major venture into the process of etching. It contains a juxtaposition of etchings and typeset text that follow narrative threads of the time Wiley spent in Chicago working on the project. The text narrates the process of creating prints as well as information about I Ching hexagrams divined by Wiley’s coin tosses in the studio. The I Ching is an ancient  Chinese text that expounds on a divination technique in which coins or, more traditionally yarrow stalks, are used to produce six lines that represent numbers and relate to one of sixty-four hexagrams, symbols representing descriptive qualities. Through chance in this way, tossing a coin, and his encounter with the city of Chicago, Wiley created this book as a translation of process through the medium he used. Much like Ireland’s Variation on 79, currently on view and created with assistance from Timothy Berry, Suite of Daze asks us through process and chance to pause with the hope to discover something more about ourselves, the world, or what art can be.    

This work is on loan from Timothy Berry.

Suite of Daze

William T. Wiley

1977

Hand bound book of limited edition etchings and hand set type on Arches paper with goat skin and chamois cover. 

edition 50

proofed, and printed by Timothy Berry of Teaberry Press; Published by Landfall Press, Inc.