Event Press Release

SFMOMA Remembers David Ireland

Release date: August 14, 2009

On September 14, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will host a memorial service in honor of Bay Area artist David Ireland, who passed away last spring. Ireland is recognized as one of the West Coast's most important and critically acclaimed practitioners of conceptual and installation art. 

The afternoon includes a program in the Phyllis Wattis Theater, featuring speakers who were close to Ireland and his work, followed by a gathering in The Schwab Room. Speaking will be Jack Cox, family friend; Tom Marioni, artist and friend; Karen Tsujimoto, senior curator of art, Oakland Museum of California; and Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II director, Yale University Art Gallery.

David Ireland Memorial
Monday, September 14
4 p.m. Remarks • Phyllis Wattis Theater
5 p.m. Public remembrance • The Schwab Room

A gallery within the exhibition Matisse and Beyond featuring nine works by Ireland is on view through November 8. The gallery will be open to the public during the memorial.

Seating in the Phyllis Wattis Theater is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Donations in memory of the artist can be made to California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, and The Campus School Legacy Scholarship Fund in Bellingham.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

Visit sfmoma.org or call 415.357.4000 for more information.