Mungo Thomson

Born 1969 in Davis, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Berlin, Germany


2000     Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
1994     Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York
1991     Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz


2010      Mungo Thomson, Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

2009      Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
              The Varieties of Experience, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

2008       Hammer Project, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; curated by
               Ali Subotnick, 20 June – 4 December
               Einstein #1, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, 29 March - 26 April

2007       Between Projects, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 24 January - 31 March; curated by Adam Carr

2006       Mungo Thomson: Negative Space Variations, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e
               Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy,
               Negative Space Variations, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Kabinett,
               Margo Leavin Gallery, Miami, FL, 7 - 10 December
               Basel 37: Art Statements, John Connelly Presents, Basel, Switzerland
               Freak Flag (White Flag), REC, Berlin, Germany, 12 May – 17 June

2005        New York, New York, New York, New York, John Connelly Presents,

                New York, NY, 1 April – 7 May
                The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois

2004        Mungo Thomson, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                Mungo Thomson, Galleri Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, September
                Mungo Thomson, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

2002        Mungo Thomson, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000        Mungo Thomson, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1998        Levitating In My Studio, The Hole, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

1996        Rest Area, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY

1995        Mungo Thomson, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY


2009        Spring Group Exhibition, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL
                Compilation IV, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
                Reading Standing Up, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

2008        Sudden White (after London), GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, 16 December - 19

                January 2009; curated by Mark Beasley

                The Possibility of an Island, Museum of Contemporary Art at Goldman Warehouse, Miami
                The Sweet Burnt Smell of History, 8th Panama Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art - Panama
                Red Wind, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
                The Future As Disruption, The Kitchen August 8th Le Havre Biennial of Contemporary Art, Musée Malraux, Le Havre,
                France, curated by Ger Van Elk
                Summer 2008, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
                Tapestry, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery (Hudson Salon location)
                You Complete Me, Western Bridge, Seattle,
                2008 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin
                The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image,
                Part 2: Realism, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden,
                Washington D.C., curated by Anne Ellegood, Kelly Gordon and Kristen Hileman
                The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
                The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, curated by Diana Augaitis and Emmy Lee
                The Dark Fair, Swiss Institute, New York, curated by The General Store
                There is Something Very Close in Space and Time…, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico, curated by Magali Arriola

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, curated by Dominic Molon
Summer 2007: William Leavitt, Allen Ruppersberg, Mungo Thomson, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
REC.ollection, REC. (Esther Schipper Gallery Project Space), Berlin, Germany,
Some...Time...Waiting, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France, curated by Adam Carr
Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, curated by Mark Soo
Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, curated by Natasha Conland
Een lek in het zwijgen: noise-/ A leak in the silence: noise-, Poezeizomers vzw,
Watou, Belgium, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio

Prophets of Deceit, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA,
When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine, the Breeder, Athens, Greece,
Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York, NY
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY,
The Show Will Be Open When the Show Will Be Closed, curated by Adam Carr, in conjunction with STORE Gallery, London, England, traveled to Paris, France in conjunction with Kadist Art Foundation.
Eigenheim, everything but the kitchen sink, Kunstverein Gottingen Gallery, Gottingen, Germany
The Galleries Show, Extra City Center for Contemporary, Antwerp, Belgium
Happiness, Gagosian Gallery, 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
All-American, WilmerHale, Berlin, Germany

The Early Show, White Columns, New York, NY
Curb Appeal, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Price Edward Island, Canada, curated by Shauna McCabe
L.A., Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, NY
Down Time: Constructing Leisure, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
In the Neighborhood of Infinity, Sixteen:one Gallery, Santa Monica, CA,
The Lateral Slip, Sweeny Art Gallery, UC Riverside, CA, curated by Jan Tumlir

Kids of the Black Hole, Stalke Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark.
High Desert Test Sites Four, Joshua Tree, CA
2048 KM, OR Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach,
Land of the Free, Jack Hanley, San Francisco, CA
Creative Growth 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Creative Growth, Oakland, CA
Going West: Ten Contemporary Artists' Explorations, ArtHouse at Jones Center, Austin, TX, traveling to: Galveston Arts Center, TX; Abraham Art Gallery, Wayland Baptist University; Stark Galleries, Texas A&M, College Station.
A Level of Trust: After Kurt Cobain, More Fools in Town, Torino, Italy,
Treble, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY
Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York, NY
Tonight, Studio Voltaire, London, England, April
Iconophilia, 8th International Bienal, Cuenca, Ecuador.
100 Artists See God, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CA,
traveled to Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA; Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN, curated by John Baldessari & Meg Cranston

17 Reasons, a series of temporary interventions around the Mission District in San Francisco, organized by Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Now Playing, D'Amelio Terras, New York
Oases, Lazy J Hollywood, Los Angeles
Snowblind, John Connelly Presents, New York
Raid the Icebox, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Faking Real, Columbia University, LeRoy Nieman Gallery, New York

Elektra: Gabriel Orozco, Mungo Thomson, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Doubleheart -Hear the Art, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, curated by Uwe Bressnik
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now: Two Year Anniversary Exhibition,
LOW Gallery, Los Angeles
Rock My World, Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries, CCAC Institute, San Francisco, CA, curated by Ralph Rugoff, exhibition catalogue

Sound System, Record All-Over, Musée d'Art Moderne et
Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland,
Part of the 9th Biennial of Moving Images
Drawn From LA (home is where the heart is), Midway Initiative Gallery, St. Paul, MN, curated by Connell Ray Little and Julie Deamer
[untitled] 654321, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, August, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Traveled to: Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen, Denmark,
By Hand: Pattern, Precision, and Repetition in Contemporary Drawing, University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Song Poems, Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York
Seeing or Believing, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Hemorrhaging of States, TENT, Rotterdam, Holland, curated by Ciara Ennis and Theo Tegelaers
I want More… and More…, Temple Bar Gallery, Dubin, Ireland,
curated by Matthew Higgs
Out of Bounds: Working Off Paper, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State
University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Julie Deamer
Drawn from LA, Midway Initiative, St. Paul, MN, exhibition catalogue, curated by Julie Deamer and Connell Ray Little

Ralph Nader President, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL
re-drawing the line, Art in General, New York, NY, curated by Monica Amor,
Living, in Two Parts, Chicago Project Room, Los Angeles, CA,
Library, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
UCLA MFA Show #2, The New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles,
Achieving Failure: Gym Culture 2000, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, exhibition catalogue, curated by Bill Arning
Drive: power>progress>desire, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth,
New Zealand, exhibition catalogue, curated by Greg Burke and Hanna Scott
Above and Beyond, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, curated by Rene de Guzman and Arnold Kemp.
If You Build It They Will Come, Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, exhibition catalogue, curated by Jason Middlebrook.

Still and Otherwise, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Blind Faith, White Columns, New York, NY, curated by Paul Hastings

Chelsea, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY
Describing Place, Knitting Factory, New York, NY,curated by Laurie Halsey Brown
The Camera as Eye, Knitting Factory, New York, NY, curated by Laurie Halsey Brown
Do-It-Yourself Packing and Shipping, Radio Exhibition of Audio Works, Bricks and Kicks, Vienna, Austria, curated by Knut Asdam
The Camera As Eye, Knitting Factory, New York, NY, curated by Laurie Halsey Brown
Whatever. . ., Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, curated by Ella Delaney and Eugene Marsh

Spirituality, Mad River Post, New York, NY, curated by Erin Parish.
Art from the Other Side, 68 J Art Group, Brooklyn, NY
Current Work by Four Recent Alumni, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery,
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, curated by Andrea Hesse

Emerging Artists 1994, Limner Gallery, New York, NY

To Excess, Victoria Room, San Francisco, curated by Anastasia Shartin

Beyond Photography, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, curated by Charlotta Kotik


2001 Freak Flag, TENT CBK./Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2000 Untitled (Dealership Balloons), Chicago Project Room, Los Angeles
The Collected Live Recordings of Bob Dylan 1963-1995 (Promotional Bus
Bench), various locations in Los Angeles
1999 The Collected Live Recordings of Bob Dylan 1963-1995, KXLU,
Los Angeles, CA
Software '99, Three Day Weekend, The Suburban, Chicago, IL,
organized and executed by Dave Muller
Backyard Cloister, a project by Charles Goldman for the 1999 Three Rivers
Public Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
1996 Blake Rayne, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY, exhibition catalogue,
curated by Blake Rayne and Jeff Nelson
1993 Anti-Matter Billboard Project, Anti-Matter Space for Art, San Francisco, CA


2002 OPEN BOOK, artists' projects for OPEN CITY Number 15, New York
1998 Co-curator, 1999 Wight Biennial, New Wight Gallery,
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Curator, elevator, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY
Co-curator, Second Nature, New Wight Gallery, University of California,
Los Angeles, CA
Curator, Night of Day Without Art, San Francisco, CA


2009 Hudon, Suzanne. Artforum, Summer 2009.
Chamberlain, Colby. Review. Artforum (online). 24 March.
Rosenberg, Karen. Review. New York Times (Art & Design), 19 March.
Santiago, Fabiola. "'Island' forecasts a bleak future," Miami Herald (Living), 11 January 2009, http://www.
2008 Berardini, Andrew. "Psychedelic Astronautical Pranksterism: Mungo Thomson's godstruck struths," LA CityBeat, 15 October.
Khadivi, Jesi. Review, Artweek 39, no.10 (Dec/Jan 2009), p. 16.
Hudson, Suzanne. "Still Seeking: Esalen and the New New Age," Parkett (May 2008), p. 16 - 19.
Rosenberg, Karen. "Now You Perceive It, Now You Think You Do," The New York Times (Art in Review), 22 August 2008, p. B28.
Myers, Holly. "Guide to the Galleries: Beauty resides there, in the void," Los Angeles Times, 15 August 2008
Rosenberg, Karen. Review, The New York Times (Art in Review), 1 August 2008.
Myers, Holly. "Inspired by the Santa Ana winds," Los Angeles Times (Arts & Culture), 18 July 2008.
Chamberlain, Colby. "Critics' Picks: The Future as Disruption," Artforum online edition, July 2008.
Karapetian, Farrah. "Mungo Thomson at the Hammer,", July 2008.
Mizota, Sharon, "Mungo Thomson at Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles," Art on Paper (July/August 2008) pp. 70-71, illus.
Hudson, Suzanne. "Still Seeking: Esalen and the New New Age," Parkett 82 (May 2008), pp. 16 – 19.
Huldisch, Henriette and Momin, Shamim M., essay by Rebecca Solnit. Whitney Biennial 2008, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2008, p. 242 - 243.
Gopnik, Blake, "Indelible Impressions: At the Whitney Biennial, Several Artists' Works Linger in Memory," The Washington Post, 7 March 2008, p. C01.
Klonarides, Carole Ann, "William Leavitt, Allen Ruppersberg, and Mungo Thomson," X-TRA, vol. 10, no. 3 (Spring 2008), p. 49 - 54.
Herbert, Martin, "Filling the Void: The Art of Mungo Thomson," Artforum, vol. 46, no. 5 (Jan 2008), p. 258 - 263.
2007 Shier, Reid, "Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me," Published in conjunction with an exhibition curated by Mark Soo, Presentation house Gallery, September 15 – November 4, 2007, p. 56, illus.
Matsui, Midori, "Mungo Thomson," Ice Cream, Phaidon Press
Tumlir, Jan. "Sci-Fi Historicism, Part 3: Character Animation in Contemporary Los Angeles Art," Flash Art, July-September 2007,
p. 120-124, illus.
Fumagalli, Sara, "Mungo Thomson at GAMeC," Flash Art,
January - February 2007, p. 123
Godvin, Cole, "Mungo Thomson: Negative Space Variations,"
ArtKrush #49, January 2007
2006 Carr, Adam. "Between Projects: An Interview with Mungo Thomson,"
UOVO Magazine, Issue 12, p.113-132, illus.
Thomson, Mungo, "Self-Portrait/Autoritratto," Tema Celeste,
July/August 2006, p.62-63, illus.
Matsui, Midori, "Mungo Thomson," Cream IV, Phaidon Press.
Campagnola, Sonia, "Focus Los Angeles," Flash Art, January/February 2006.
2005 Kraus, Chris, LA Artland, 2005, p.176-177.
Ratner, Megan, "Mungo Thomson," Frieze, October 2005. p.233
Schwendener, Martha, "Critics' Picks: Mungo Thomson," Artforum, April 19, 2005,
Tumlir, Jan, "California Biennial: Various Venues," Artforum, February
2005, p.168.
Geer, Suvan, "Mungo Thomson at CSU Long Beach," Artweek,
February 2005.
Mahovsky, Trevor, "2048 KM at OR Gallery," Artforum, January 2005,
2004 Thomson, Mungo, "Work in Progress," V Magazine, Winter 2004/2005.
Miles, Christopher, Exhibition Review, Artforum, November 2004,
p. 230, illus.
Myers, Holly, "An object lesson in Americana," Exhibition review,
Los Angeles Times, 1 October 2004, sec. E, p.18.
2003 Nelson, Arty. "Compound Interest." LA Weekly, 25-31 July 2003.
2002 Myers, Holly. "Mungo Thomson: Exhibition Review." Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2002, sec. F, p. 26.
2001 Weingart, Brigitte. "Entrückung: Mungo Thomson." Exhibition review, Texte zur Kunst, March 2001, 183-189, illus.
Yehya, Naief. "Re-drawing the Line: Art in General, New York, NY."
Exhibition review, Art Nexus, February – April 2001,
118-119, illus.
Morgan, Margaret. "Mungo Thomson: Don't Look Back."
Exhibition review, artext, February-April 2001, 50-1, illus.
Pardo, Patrick. "The Road to Los Angeles: Part 2; A Little Live Music."
NY Arts, February 2001, 73.
Valdez, Sarah. "Mungo Thomson at Margo Leavin." Exhibition review,
Art in America, February 2001, 150, illus.
Deamer, Julie. "At the Galleries: Mungo Thomson @ Margo Leavin."
Flash Art, January - February 2001, 51, illus.
Pardo, Patrick. "The Road to Los Angeles: Part 2; A Little Live Music."
NY Arts 6 (February 2001): 73.
Henry, Max. "Gotham Dispatch.", 13 October 2000.
1999 Knight, Christopher. "Confronting Perception, Memory and Imagination."
Exhibition review, Los Angeles Times, 27 October 2000, sec. F, p. 26.
Chasin, Noah. "redrawing the line." Exhibition catalogue,
Art in General, New York, 2000.
Robbins, David. "Top Ten; 3. The Suburban." Artforum 38,
March 2000, 44, illus.
Intra, Giovanni. "Too Autopoietic to Drive." Exhibition catalogue,
Drive: power>progress>desire, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,
New Zealand, 2000, 62-71.
Arning, Bill. Exhibition catalogue, Achieving Failure: Gym
Culture 2000, Threadwaxing Space, New York, 2000
Middlebrook, Jason. If You Build it, They Will Come.
Exhibition catalogue, Berrie Center for the Performing
and Visual Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1999.
Grosser, Benita-Immanuel. Participating, at the Same Time:
Commentare zum Projekt. 1999.
1998 Stephen Martz Gallery. Exhibition catalogue, Elevator, 1998.
Chaplin, Julia. "A-Toning." The New York Post, 15 January 1998.
Greene, David. "Hot Pick.", January 1998.
Levin, Kim. "Highly Recommended." The Village Voice,
20 January 1998.
Saltz, Jerry. "Critics' Pick." Exhibition review, Time Out New York,
7 January 1998.
Smith, Roberta. "Art in Review: Blind Faith at White Columns."
Exhibition review, New York Times, 9 January 1998.
1997 "Whatever's Clever." Artpapers Reviews, May 1997.
1996 Rayne, Blake and Jeff Nelson. Blake Rayne. Greene-Naftali Inc.,
March 1996.
1995 Kurtz, Deborah. "New York Report: Spirituality Show at Mad
River Post." Coagula Art Journal, November 1995.
1992 Haug, Kate and Alissa White. Vizine Art Journal, January 1992.
1991 Chadwick, Susan. "Art in Review: Beyond Photography."
Exhibition review, Houston Post, July 1991.


2008 Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2003 The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions
2001 Stichting Kaus Australis/ TENT. CBK, Artists' Residency, Exhibition
and Public Project, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
1999 Hoyt Scholarship, Department of Art, University of California, Los Angeles
1998 D'arcy Hayman Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
1997 Arts Council Grant, University of California, Los Angeles
1994 Emerging Artists 1994, Honorarium, Limner Gallery, New York
1992 2nd Prize, 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Arts Center, CA
1991 Porter College Arts Fellowship Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz


2006 Negative Space, Christoph Keller Editions, Published by JRP/Ringier,
Zurich, Switzerland
The Swordsman, Commissioned by Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2004 Mungo Thomson: Cuenca, Published by Cultural Affairs Department,
United States of America
Higgs, Matthew and Mungo Thomson. Easy Field Guide to Mungo Thomson.
Long Beach: University Art Museum CSULB, 2004.
2001 "Notes and Memoranda", Open City, Number 12, 2000, p. 311-320.
"Some Lies 1995-2000", True Lies, organized by Jacob Fabricius, 31.
1998 Elevator, exhibition catalogue, Published by Steffany Martz Gallery.
1996 Blake Rayne and Jeff Nelson, Blake Rayne, Published by
Greene-Naftali Gallery
1992 Kate Haug and Alissa White, Vizine Art Journal, January 1992,
Artists' Project