The David Ireland House
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David Ireland’s residence at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco’s Mission District is widely considered the centerpiece of his prolific career. During the three decades he lived in the house, he embedded it with art and slowly evolved it into a site-specific installation that is now regarded as the inspiration, source of materials, and repository for some of his most important work of the 1980s and 1990s. Ireland’s art and life are so interwoven in the house that it is difficult to distinguish between the art and non-art—distinctions irrelevant to him who, like many of his conceptual-art peers, sought to deliberately confuse these boundaries.
The mission of The 500 Capp Street Foundation is to honor David Ireland’s legacy by providing visitors the opportunity to experience The David Ireland House and immerse themselves in a 360-degree portrait of one of the West Coast’s most important practitioners of conceptual and installation art. In the spirit of Ireland—who actively curated the house and frequently opened it to visitors—the Foundation conducts artist-led public tours, presents a dynamic program of exhibitions and public events, maintains a permanent archive of the artist’s extant body of work, and hosts visiting artists from around the world.