Jonathan Monaghan is a contemporary artist whose prints, sculptures, and immersive video installations weave together elements of ancient mythology, science fiction, and contemporary pop culture. His work explores the intersections of power, wealth, and technology in the digital age, in an imaginative and satirical critique that challenges viewers to examine their relationship with these forces.

Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue Italia. His work sits in numerous public and private collections including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Microsoft Art Collection. He lives and works in Washington D.C.

The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
DCCAH Art Bank Collection, Washington, D.C.
solo exhibitions
2023 Unicorn in the Garden, 150 Media Stream, Chicago, IL
2022 Move The Way You Want, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
  Opulence, Kalyon Kültür, Istanbul, Turkey
2021 Power Trip, Galerie 22,48 m², Paris, France
  Den of Wolves, bitforms gallery, New York, NY
2020 Out of the Abyss, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY
2019 A Trace Left by the Future, University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  A Trace Left by the Future, VisArts Center, Rockville, MD
2018 Synthetic Mythologies, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Denver, CO
2017 After Fabergé, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  Disco Beast, bitforms gallery, New York, NY
2016 Gotham, Galerie 22,48 m², Paris, France
  Mothership, Spagnuolo Gallery, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
2015 Architecture of Fantasy, Spazio Ridotto at Zuecca Project Space, Venice, Italy
  Escape Pod, bitforms gallery, New York, NY
2014 Alien Fanfare, Curator’s Office, Washington D.C.
2013 Robot Ninja, Market Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2010 Life Tastes Good In Disco Heaven, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C.
2009 Calling All Angels, Atopia, Oslo, Norway
group exhibitions
2023 LED ART WAVE 2023: Long Dream curated by Goeun Song
Scène Space, Seoul, Korea
  The Interface Between Humanity and the Universe v3.0 curated by Wu Ziyang
Zhangjiang Science Hall, Shanghai, China
  Mythologies contemporaines (collection Jacques Font) curated by Vincent Noiret
Casra Restany, Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda, France
  The Trawick Prize 20th Anniversary curated by Jack Rasmussen
Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
2022 Ancient Futures: All Belongs to Time curated by Lalin Akalan
Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  Non-Fungible Castle curated by Jake Al-Haffar
Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
  Glitches, GIFs and Game Engines curated by Krista Hoefle
South Bend Museum of Art, Sound Bend, IN
  Digital Extravaganza curated by Anastasia Garnova
Theatre of Digital Art, Dubai, UAE
  Pančevo Art Biennale: refinerymonastery curated by Maja Ćirić
Pančevo, Serbia
  I’m Not A Robot curated by Edward Gallagher
Galloire Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2021 NFTism: No Fear in Trying curated by Kenny Schachter
Unit London, London, UK
  B3 Biennial of the Moving Image curated by Anna Katharina Gerson
Frankfurt, Germany
  The Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  Encounter #04
Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna, Austria
  Animals curated by Angela Gonnella
Galleria Muratcentoventidue Artecontemporanea, Bari, Italy
2020 #cute. Islands of Happiness? curated by Dr. Birgit Richard
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
  Transatlantico curated by Edoardo Monti
Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
  Currency curated by Gordon Duggan and Sarah Joyce
New Media Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2019 Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue curated by Dmitry Ozerkov and Victoria Kondrashova
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  BCC: curated by Lauren Marsden
Vivid Projects, Birmingham, UK
  Primitivo curated by Asher Remy-Toledo
Casa Hoffmann, Bogota, Colombia
2018 Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art curated by Bartholomew Bland
touring exhibition. Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY; Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, FL
  CHILDHOOD: Another banana day for the dream-fish curated by Sandra Adam-Couralet and Yoann Gourmel
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
  Duty Free curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight
Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
  FADING AWAY curated by Céline Flécheux
Galerie 22,48 m², Paris, France
  GRI-GRI curated by Stéphanie Vidal
Galerie 22,48 m², Paris, France
2017 Lucky Charms For Dinner curated by Kamilia Kard
The Wrong Digital Art Biennial, online
  The Museum Has Abandoned Us curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight, State of the Art, Berlin, Germany
  Metamorphic Resonance curated by Jon Isherwood, Ex Marmi, Pietrasanta, Italy
2016 the curated by Rachel Clarke, Claudia Hart, and Pat Reynolds
BronxArtSpace, New York, NY
  Fifteen-Year Anniversary Exhibition
Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT
  Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial: Turf & Terrain curated by Danielle O’Steen
Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C.
  New Frontier curated by Shari Frilot
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
  this one is smaller than this one. curated by Paulina Bębecka
Postmasters, New York, NY
  SUSPENDED curated by Rosario Caltabiano
22,48 m², Paris, France
  King of the Forest; Adventures in Bioperversity curated by Megan Rook-Koepsel
Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2015 On Demand 3 curated by Carolyn H. Drake and Suzanne Wallinga
tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  Marble Codes: Robotic Sculpture from Garfagnana curated by Jon Isherwood
Giardino di Villa Strozzi, Florence, Italy
  The Real Thing curated by Jiayin Chen
Digiark, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  +/- curated by George Fifield
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT
  Gilding The Lilycurated by Stewart Watson and Rene Trevino
AREA 405, Baltimore, MD
  Myth and Mutations curated by Chris Romero
Reverse Space, New York, NY
2014 State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now curated by Chad Alligood and Don Bacigalupi
touring exhibition. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
  IN/Out Sourcecurated by Douglas Lewis and Yamin Wang
Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China
  The New Romanticscurated by Nicholas O’Brien, Katie Torn and Claudia Hart
Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, New York, NY
  IM Material Artefactscurated by Sarah Younan
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  In Residence Colloquium: The Neighborscurated by Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud
American University Museum, Washington D.C.
2013 PostPictures
bitforms gallery, New York, NY
  Child’s Playcurated by Mindy Solomon
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
  artNOW DCcurated by Heather Harvey and Natalie Cheung
Kohl Gallery at Washington College, Chestertown, MD
2012 NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond
curated by Jessica L. Moore & Nelson Nance
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Academy 2011curated by Jamie Smith & Leigh Conner
Conner Contemporary, Washington D.C.
2009 Vox V curated by Ryan Trecartin & Larry Mangel,
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Digital Stone: eForm
Today Art Museum, Beijing & Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
  Visions in the Nunnery
The Nunnery Gallery, London, UK
select screenings
2023 Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania
  Machine Cinema, curated by Pau Waelder, Mèdol Centre d’Arts Contemporànies, Tarragona, Spain
  Around Video Art Fair, Moxy Brussels City Center, Brussels, Belgium
2022 Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgart, Germany
2020 Pause, Play: Selected Works by Jonathan Monaghan, curated by Taras Matla, University of Maryland Art Gallery, Online
2019 too good to be true, curated by MEER, _plek, Ghent, Belgium
  Disco Beast, curated by Tori Fleming, Nocturne Art At Night Festival, Halifax, Canada
2018 Extra/Ordinary, curated by Ceren and Irmak Arkman, Contemporary Istanbul: Plugin, Istanbul, Turkey
  Shapeshifters, curated by Clemens Wilhelm, HilbertRaum, Berlin, Germany
  Dystopian Disco, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hatwick, UK
  In the Midst of the Inferno, presented by Arlington Arts, David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington, VA
2017 Mental States, Ars Electronica Animation Festival, Linz, Austria
  Variation Media Art Fair, curated by Dominique Moulon, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
  The Garden of Virtual Utopias, curated by Estela Oliva, Art Night Associate Programme, London, UK
  I SEE International Video Art Festival, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2016 Posts From the Future, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
2015 Jonathan Monaghan: Animated Worlds, PAF 2015, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  Escape Pod, LOOP Barcelona, Hotel Catalonia Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain
  Black Box 2.0, curated by Julia Fryett and Anne Couillaud, Seattle, WA
2014 East Gallery: Jonathan Monaghan, Angell Gallery, curated by Jamie Angell, Toronto, Canada
  Hothouse Video Series: Jonathan Monaghan, Washington Project for the Arts, Capitol Skyline Hotel Washington D.C.
  Spore Baroque commission, roBOT Festival 07, curated by Sarah Corona, Bologna, Italy
  Moving Image Istanbul, presented by Curator’s Office, Haliç Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
  Hyperculture, Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France
  Public Art Screens, i/o/lab Center of Future Arts, curated by Hege Tapio, Stavanger, Norway
2013 Moving Image London, presented by Curator’s Office, OXO Tower, London, UK
  Office, commission, Denver Digerati: Friday Flash, curated by Ivar Zeile, Denver, CO
  (De)constructing Space, Screen City, curated by Daniela Arriado & Mirjam Struppek, Stavanger, Norway
  MIA: Lucid Streaming, curated by Alanna Simone, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
  I SEE International Video Art Festival, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  Expanded Cinema: MultipliCity, commission, curated by Mona Kasara, Dallas Videofest, Dallas, TX
  oh Internetz!, curated by Nora O’ Murchú, Glitch Festival, Run Computer Run, Dublin, Ireland
2012 High Definition, curated by Jonas Lund and Anika Schwarzlose, ProsumeThis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011 onedotzero_adventures in motion, BFI Southbank, London, UK
  Anthropomorphlolz, San Francisco International Animation Festival, San Francisco, CA
  GIRAF Animation Festival, Calgary, Canada
2010 Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, MA
  Media Art, FILE Festival, Centro Cultural Fiesp, São Paulo, Brazil
2009 WPA: Experimental Media Series, curated by Kelly Gordon, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
  International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2008 Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
  SIMULTAN04, Timisora, Romania
lectures, panels & workshops
2022 Re-imagining the Past for the Digital Age, Lecture. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
2021 Conversations with Artists: Jonathan Monaghan, Lecture. University of Maryland, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
2019 Visiting Artist: Jonathan Monaghan, Lecture. Department of Transmedia, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2018 Fear, Myth, and Decadence in the Digital Age, Lecture. Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Denver, CO
2017 Jonathan Monaghan: Visitng Artist, Lecture. David A Walsh Arts & Sciences Seminar Series, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
  Auerbach Lecture Series: Jonathan Monaghan, Fear and Desire in the Digital Age, Lecture. Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT
2015 State of the Art/DC: A Conversation, Panel. ArtTable DC, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC
  Artist Talk: Jonathan Monaghan, Lecture. Department of New Media, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC
2014 Conversations at the Edge: Jonathan Monaghan, Lecture. Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  3-D Modeling & Printing for Artists, Workshop. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO
  Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Artists in Collections, Lecture. Symposium organized by Axisweb, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
2013 From Pixel to Portrait: Sculpting the Figure with Digital Tools by Jonathan Monaghan, Workshop. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Jonathan Monaghan: Marscio Visiting Scholar in Emergent Digital Practices, Lecture. University of Denver, Denver, CO
  3D Printing with artist Jonathan Monaghan, Workshop. U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program, U.S. Embassy/Dept. of State, Manama, Bahrain
  Digital Craftsmanship, Panel. CAA 2011 Conference, New York, NY
2023 “Wildest Dreams: Jonathan Monaghan ponders the power of tech in the digital age” Feature.
Sharon Jaffe Dan, January 2023, Home & Design Magazine
2022 “Exclusivity for Everyone” Review.
Kevin Buist, November 22, 2022,
  “Phillips Collection spotlights Jonathan Monaghan’s restless vision” Review.
Mark Jenkins, October 4, 2022, Washington Post
  “From baroque to digital: Monaghan reflects on ‘OPULENCE'” Review.
June 27, 2022, Daily Sabah
  “Apollo comes to digital life as Visionnaire joins the metaverse” Feature.
Hannah Silver, March 31, 2022, Wallpaper
2021 “Le chef-d’œuvre du moment : ‘Den of Wolves’ de Monaghan” Review.
Dominique Moulon, Novemebr 19, 2021, Art Press
  “Chiamali se vuoi Animali Ma i video parlano di noi” Review.
Pietro Marino, June 10, 2021, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
2020 “Gold Trimmed Fears” Feature.
Jazmina Figueroa, June 2020, Numero Homme Berlin
  “Cover Story: Jonathan Monaghan” Feature.
Mihye Kim, June 2020, Public Art Magazine Korea
  “Jonathan Monaghan in conversation” Interview.
Alexandra Gilliams, May 2020, XIBT Contemporary Art Magazine
  “On Schedule: Jonathan Monaghan” Interview.
Masha Belokovilskaya, April 2020, Harper’s Bazaar Russia
  “La Metafisica Dell’Abito” Feature.
Elisabetta Caprotti, March 2020, Vogue Italia
  “Greta, crude oil and animal farming: behind a climate-conscious Armory show” Review.
Nadja Sayej, March 5, 2020, The Guardian
2019 “An Eerie Feeling of Familiarity: Jonathan Monaghan’s Futuristic Vision in Lowell” Review.
Isabel Barbi, Nov/Dec 2019, artscope Magazine
  “New Myths: Jonathan Monaghan” Interview.
Sean Capone, July 31, 2019, BOMB Magazine
  “Jonathan Monaghan releases the Disco Beast” Review.
Jade Nauss, October 17, 2019, The Coast Halifax
  “A Revelatory Exhibition by D.C. Artist Jonathan Monaghan” Review.
Mark Jenkins, July 26, 2019, The Washington Post
2018 “Jonathan Monaghan: Utopia & Deceit ” Interview.
Louise Benson, Fall 2018, Elephant Magazine
  “Dream houses: Images of fantasy architecture take center stage in new Lehman gallery show” Review.
Tiffany Moustakas, November 18, 2018, The Riverdale Press
  “What’s Right About The Wrong Biennale?” Review.
Chris Hampton, January 22, 2018, The New York Times
2017 “Jonathan Monaghan: The Disco Beast” Review.
Alex A. Jones, December 13, 2017, The Brooklyn Rail
  “Disco Beast: Jonathan Monaghan at Bitforms Gallery” Review.
Ariana Akbari, December 4, 2017, Arte Fuse
  “A Guide to America’s Next Great Art Neighborhood” Review.
Julie Baumgardner, January 11, 2017, The New York Times Style Magazine
2016 “Shiny fantasy worlds, undercut by body parts and company logos” Review.
Mark Jenkins, October 1, 2016, Washington Post
  “Art reveals a creative, historical side to Foggy Bottom neighborhood” Review.
Macy Freeman, July 14, 2016, Washington Post
  “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week: Postmasters” Review.
Ken Johnson, February 25, 2016, The New York Times
  “‘SUSPENDED’, détours d’horizons ” Review.
Clémentine Mercier, February 7, 2016, Liberation
2015 “Artists in ‘Gilding the Lily’ at Area 405 excavate the world through its shiny materials” Review.
Maura Callahan, July 29, 2015, Baltimore City Paper
  “Black Box 2.0: A Movable Festival in a City Too Busy for Art?” Review.
Brian Miller, May 26, 2015, Seattle Weekly
  “Ass You Like It: Jonathan Monaghan’s Playful Videos Go Deep” Review.
Jessica Dawson, April 15, 2015, The Village Voice
  “Tripping Through a Luxurious Post-Human Future” Review.
Benjamin Sutton, April 10, 2015, Hyperallergic
  “This Is What You Get When You Cross a Floating Island Mansion” Interview.
Matthew Caron, March 24, 2015, VICE
2014 “The State of ‘State of the Art'” Review.
Peter Plagens, September 17, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
  “Is It Propaganda? Or Is It Political Art?: Alien Fanfare” Review.
Mark Jenkins, May 24, 2014, Washington Post
  “Monkey Town is a reinvention of dinner and theater for the digital age” Review.
Ray Mark Rinaldi, March 15, 2014, Denver Post
2013 “Art Enters the third dimension” Article.
Julia Halperin, July, 2013, The Art Newspaper
2012 “Kijken kijken, niet kopen (Look, but do not buy)” Review.
Julia Geerlings, December, 2012, Metropolis M
  “Jonathan Monaghan twists video games at Curator’s Office” Review.
Mark Jenkins, January 26, 2012, Washington Post
  “Jonathan Monaghan’s game blame” Review.
John Anderson, January 20, 2012, Washington City Paper
2011 “Collect Call: Top 10 Young Artists”” Article.
Brittney Dunkins, November, 2011, DC Magazine
  “NYC 2.0: The Hackers” Broadcast television interview.
Rick Karr, September, 2011, NYC TV
2010 “Famous scenes skewered with sparkle, high-def” Review.
Jessica Dawson, October 22, 2010, Washington Post
  “Older than youtube. Curator Laure Prouvost Explains Seven Years of” Article.
Angela Ferraiolo, January 8, 2010,
awards & residencies
2022 Expanded Media Award: Media in Space, Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Stuttgart, Germany
2021 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Finalist, Baltimore, MD
2019 Palazzo Monti, Artist in Residence, Brescia, Italy
  VisArts Studio Fellowship, VisArts, Rockville, MD
2017 Millay Colony for the Arts, Artist in Residence, NY
2015 Trawick Prize, First Place, Bethesda, MD
  Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Artist in Residence, Trondheim, Norway
2014 DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Artist Fellowship Program, Washington D.C.
2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant, New York, NY
2011 Yaddo, Artist in Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY
  Seven Below Arts Initiative, Burlington City Arts, Artist in Residence, Burlington, VT
2009 Hamiltonian Fellowship, Hamiltonian Artists, Washington D.C.