A native New Yorker, Jonathan Calm is a visual artist who works in photography and video that integrates as well as challenges the aesthetic and ideological tenets of architecture, documentary journalism and sculpture. Over recent years, Calm has primarily explored the socio-cultural, historical and geopolitical imprint of public housing on both sides of the Atlantic, tracing the development of the American ‘project’ back to its European Modernist roots across a palimpsest of visionary theoretical predicates and harsh urban realities, with an eye toward ever more critical reinvention of communal city life.
Calm’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Britain, the Museo Reina Sofia, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Jersey City Museum, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute and the Chelsea Art Museum. Numerous publications, among which The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Artforum and The Washington Post, have given significant mention to his output. Calm received his BFA from Montclair State University in 1997 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2000. He is an Art Matters grant recipient and regular full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he has been teaching since 2008.