The 500 Capp Street Foundation honors David Ireland’s legacy. The David Ireland House provides 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.
During the thirty years Ireland lived at 500 Capp Street, he installed the century-old Italianate-style home with his own site-specific pieces and transformed the House into a work of art in its own right, exemplifying the integration of art and life. After a complex restoration effort led by the Foundation, the David Ireland House opened its doors to the public in January of 2016 as the city’s first historic artist’s home.
More than 2,000 artworks given to the Foundation by Ireland’s estate—a major concentration of sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and artist-made furniture—form the core of the home’s permanent collection.
Guided and self-guided tours are free of charge.