Fri October 30 - Sat December 19, 2020

The David Ireland House

The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street, located in San Francisco's Mission District and widely celebrated as one of the West Coast's finest examples of a home that was transformed into an environmental artwork, will re-open to the public on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, following six months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Artist Guide-led tours are available by reservation for a maximum of two people from the same appointment booking Wednesdays-Saturdays at 2 pm and 4 pm. The hour-long tours are limited to just 1-2 guests total to ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout The House. Masks and reservations are required for entry.

"We are so excited to welcome the public back to The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street," shares Cait Molloy, Director. "Our Artist Guides are looking forward to leading in-person tours once again. We have carefully considered how visitors and staff can be safest and feel we can provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience of this unique historic house. Increased safety measures include mask-wearing required for entry, social distancing markers throughout, sanitizing high touch surfaces daily, improved airflow, and limited tours to just a couple of visitors."

Visitors will view an installation of David Ireland's assemblages from the late 1970s and early 1980s and an exhibition of works by Cuban-born artist Felipe Dulzaides entitled There is no such thing as a perfect circle, which had only been on view for two weeks prior to the lockdown.

In There is no such thing as a perfect circle, Dulzaides, who was a close associate of Ireland, explores subjects of circularity, cultural displacement, chance, dislocation, relocation, and the relationship between architecture and public spaces.

Dulzaides, who now resides in Havana, lived in San Francisco from 1998 to 2010. He and Ireland met while Dulzaides was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, where Dulzaides received a MFA in 2001 and taught for over a decade. He has since returned to Cuba, where he has developed Centro Bahia, an architectural restoration project and interdisciplinary art space. There is no such thing as a perfect circle highlights work reflecting on his friendship with Ireland, including a selection from his earlier work Full Circle and a mixed-media installation documenting Centro Bahia.

Dulzaides is a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize (2010), Cintas Fellowship, Gwangju Biennial, California Biennial, and Havana Biennial. His interdisciplinary practice includes installation, photography, video, and marks on paper, and he has had numerous international solo exhibitions.

There is no such thing as a perfect circle by Felipe Dulzaides is on view through December 19, 2020.

A publication accompanying the exhibition There is no such thing as a perfect circle, published in March 2020, is available to purchase for $10 either online or in person. The limited edition of just 300 is the first of an upcoming series of catalogs highlighting exhibitions at The David Ireland House. Edited by Jane Reed, the catalog is a visual journey of Dulzaides' work and includes an insightful essay by Bay Area writer, critic, and curator Glen Hefland.

Dulzaides will be taking over The David Ireland House Instagram account @500CappStreet from September 30-October 7 in the lead up to reopening.

About The David Ireland House

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.

The House is a member of the Historic Artist Homes and Studios program (HAHS) and has been recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Image credit: Felipe Dulzaides, Santuario #21, 2013-2020, mixed media. Photo Henrik Kam, 2020. Courtesy of The 500 Capp Street Foundation.
The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street, located in San Francisco's Mission District and widely celebrated as one of the West Coast's finest examples of a home that was transformed into an environmental artwork, will re-open to the public on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, following six months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free Artist Guide-led tours are available by reservation for a maximum of two people from the same appointment booking Wednesdays-Saturdays at 2 pm and 4 pm. The hour-long tours are limited to just 1-2 guests total to ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout The House. Masks and reservations are required for entry.

"We are so excited to welcome the public back to The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street," shares Cait Molloy, Director. "Our Artist Guides are looking forward to leading in-person tours once again. We have carefully considered how visitors and staff can be safest and feel we can provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience of this unique historic house. Increased safety measures include mask-wearing required for entry, social distancing markers throughout, sanitizing high touch surfaces daily, improved airflow, and limited tours to just a couple of visitors."

Visitors will view an installation of David Ireland's assemblages from the late 1970s and early 1980s and an exhibition of works by Cuban-born artist Felipe Dulzaides entitled There is no such thing as a perfect circle, which had only been on view for two weeks prior to the lockdown.

In There is no such thing as a perfect circle, Dulzaides, who was a close associate of Ireland, explores subjects of circularity, cultural displacement, chance, dislocation, relocation, and the relationship between architecture and public spaces.

Dulzaides, who now resides in Havana, lived in San Francisco from 1998 to 2010. He and Ireland met while Dulzaides was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, where Dulzaides received a MFA in 2001 and taught for over a decade. He has since returned to Cuba, where he has developed Centro Bahia, an architectural restoration project and interdisciplinary art space. There is no such thing as a perfect circle highlights work reflecting on his friendship with Ireland, including a selection from his earlier work Full Circle and a mixed-media installation documenting Centro Bahia.

Dulzaides is a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize (2010), Cintas Fellowship, Gwangju Biennial, California Biennial, and Havana Biennial. His interdisciplinary practice includes installation, photography, video, and marks on paper, and he has had numerous international solo exhibitions.

There is no such thing as a perfect circle by Felipe Dulzaides is on view through December 19, 2020.

A publication accompanying the exhibition There is no such thing as a perfect circle, published in March 2020, is available to purchase for $10 either online or in person. The limited edition of just 300 is the first of an upcoming series of catalogs highlighting exhibitions at The David Ireland House. Edited by Jane Reed, the catalog is a visual journey of Dulzaides' work and includes an insightful essay by Bay Area writer, critic, and curator Glen Hefland.

Dulzaides will be taking over The David Ireland House Instagram account @500CappStreet from September 30-October 7 in the lead up to reopening.

About The David Ireland House

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.

The House is a member of the Historic Artist Homes and Studios program (HAHS) and has been recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Image credit: Felipe Dulzaides, Santuario #21, 2013-2020, mixed media. Photo Henrik Kam, 2020. Courtesy of The 500 Capp Street Foundation.
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