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Jonathan Monaghan


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.
    Exhibition reception immediately following the lecture.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium and Philip J. Steele Gallery on RMCAD’s Campus

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Fear, Myth, and Decadence in the Digital Age

For the first presentation in the Fictions lecture series, artist Jonathan Monaghan will present an overview of his interdisciplinary practice which includes sculptures, videos, and prints. Monaghan creates imaginative and unsettling worlds and characters which draw on a wide array of references from ancient mythology, to science fiction, to corporate logos. Produced using high-end computer graphics, his works critique the digital age and elicit subconscious anxieties surrounding technology, authority, capitalism and society’s uneasy relationship with the natural world. A reception with the artist celebrating the concurrent opening of his solo exhibition Synthetic Mythologies will be hosted in the Philip J. Steele Gallery immediately following the lecture. Monaghan will also screen four videos for the SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival on September 20, 2018.


Jonathan Monaghan works across a range of media, including prints, sculpture, and animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Past exhibitions and screenings of his work include The Sundance Film Festival, The Walters Museum of Art, and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the Palais de Tokyo. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The Washington Post, VICE, The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice. The artist is based in Washington D.C.

Who is Jonathan Monaghan?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Texas Student Lounge

Hang out with Toby and Gretchen and get to know the work of visiting artist Jonathan Monaghan. We’ll check out Monaghan’s work, eat some snacks, and get excited for the artist’s upcoming lecture and exhibition. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome.

Next Day Q+A Lunch with Jonathan Monaghan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and artist Jonathan Monaghan for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s lecture and a place to further engage with our special guest.
Light lunch will be provided.

Studio Visits with Jonathan Monaghan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Friday, September 21, 2018
Various Locations

Jonathan Monagahan will conduct one-on-one, 45-minute studio visits with RMCAD students.

All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to have a studio in Spivak to participate.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity RMCAD students are required to submit the following to

  1. Name
  2. Academic Department
  3. Phone Number
  4. Top three studio visit time slots (see below)
  5. A short paragraph (3-4 sentences) stating your interest in participating in this event.
  6. Do you have a studio in Spivak? Which one? (you are not required to have a studio to participate).

Studio Visit Time Slots

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Studio Visit #1
1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Studio Visit #2
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Studio Visit #3
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Studio Visit #4
3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Studio Visit #5


Thursday, September 20, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Studio Visit #6
11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Studio Visit #7
11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Studio Visit #8
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Studio Visit #9
1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Studio Visit #10

Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Studio Visit #11
9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Studio Visit #12
10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Studio Visit #13
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Studio Visit #14


The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified.

Tuesdays with Toby – Jonathan Monaghan

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Texas Student Lounge
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Take a moment to chat with Toby about the visit and work of VASD Program guest Jonathan Monaghan. Still have questions about the artist’s lecture? Want to discuss the artist’s work over chips and salsa? Join us for Tuesdays with Toby!

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