The David Ireland House

The David Ireland House

About the Museum


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’s 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’s 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 House and its interventions showcase Ireland’s signature use of everyday materials and his rich sense of humor.

(Photo: Courtesy 500 Capp Street Foundation)

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