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Go and Tour the David Ireland House While You Can

David Ireland’s got pieces in modern art museums all over the country, but from 1975 until his death in 2009, his major work essentially consisted of one piece – his house. Ireland took the place apart, basically, during the years he lived there; art consumes the place from ceiling to floor. But that’s not the right way to say it. Art doesn’t consume the place; art is the place, and vice-versa, the whole thing is a site-specific installation, and it’ll be closed sometime in August, probably, so that some needed renovations can take place, and it’ll reopen next year and be a little more museum-like, with art rotating through the rooms and being stored in the basement’s climate-controlled storage rooms when not on display. But for most of the summer, the place is still open for group tours, and though you have to schedule them through, if you’re in the Bay Area this summer, you should give it a thought, because it isn’t every day a man turns his house into art. (FULL ARTICLE: Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle)