Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

January 15, 2020–March 14, 2021

Ron Nagle’s small sculptures combine modernism, pop culture, and sensory pleasure in compact, perfect packages.

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  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter, 2015; ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin; 3 ¾ × 4 × 3 in.; collection of Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle.

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Past Events

  • Recorded Saturday, November 14, 2020

    Virtual Gallery + Studio: Big Colors and Super Drips

    Inspired by Ron Nagle’s art, transform stream-of-consciousness drawings into 3-D forms in this Zoom workshop with artist Julia Sackett.

    For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Friday, May 8, 12 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery Talk: Nathan Lynch on Ron Nagle

    Artist Nathan Lynch gives a talk focusing on Nagle’s work ethic, attention to detail, and unflinching pursuit of his best sculpture, as well as his humor and sense of style.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Friday, April 3, 12 PM

    CANCELED: Gallery Talk: Steuart Pittman on Ron Nagle

    Oakland-based artist Steuart Pittman addresses recurring themes of humor, music, craftsmanship, and beauty in Ron Nagle’s work, as well as Nagle’s role as a teacher.

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

  • Saturday, March 7, 2 PM

    Conversation: Ron Nagle and Don Ed Hardy

    Artist Ron Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.

  • Friday, February 14, 12 PM

    Gallery Talk: Juana Berrío on Ron Nagle

    Independent curator and writer Juana Berrío presents perspectives on Ron Nagle’s ceramic sculptures through the lenses of painting and music.

  • Saturday, February 8, 11:30 AM or 1 PM

    Gallery + Studio: Bite-Size Universe of Color, Texture, and Form

    Tour the exhibition of Ron Nagle’s work and learn how his sculptures take shape, then make a painting inspired by Nagle’s vibrant and fascinating art.

    For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Wednesday, January 15, 12 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Apsara DiQuinzio on Ron Nagle

    Join exhibition curator Apsara DiQuinzio for an engaging, expert tour of Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter.

  • Wednesday, January 15 7 PM

    The Night of the Hunter

    Robert Mitchum plays a predatory preacher who chases two innocent children across a menacing rural landscape in this eccentric, expressionistic Southern Gothic masterpiece. Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish costar.

    Restored 35mm Print