The New Social Environment#394

Necessary Obstacles: Ron Nagle

Featuring Nagle and Dan Cameron


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Ron Nagle joins Rail Editor-at-Large Dan Cameron for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Phong H. Bui.

In this talk

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Ron Nagle

A portrait of Ron Nagle wearing a Red Lobster t-shirt
Photo by Damien Maloney
Artist Ron Nagle was born in San Francisco, where he currently lives and works. His first one-person exhibition took place in 1968, and since then he has had exhibitions at numerous museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Secession in Vienna, the Fridericianum in Kassel, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Nagle is known for his intimately scaled sculptures made of ceramic elements that are slip-cast, fired, and embellished with epoxy and other synthetic materials that allow him to expand his forms beyond the limits of clay. Some are glazed to a hot-rod finish, others textured like stucco and then airbrushed.

Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron
New York-based curator, art writer, and educator Dan Cameron began his career with the 1982 New Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition Extended Sensibilities: Homosexual Presence in Contemporary Art, the first museum effort in the U.S. to examine gay & lesbian identity in art. During his 11 years as Senior Curator at the New Museum, Cameron organized survey exhibitions of David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, Marcel Odenbach, among many others. He is Founding Director of Prospect New Orleans, which assists in the cultural rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina. In 2016 he organized the exhibition When Jackie Met Ethyl on Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger at Howl! Happening in New York. He is an Editor-at-Large at the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Phong H. Bui reading.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Curatorial Advisor at MoMA PS1.