The Hunter Museum of American Art will present two exhibitions exploring technological breakthroughs in art over two centuries and how those advances have altered the way society depicts and interprets the world. Under the Mexican Sky: A Revolution in Modern Photography examines artistic innovations in photography that blossomed in Mexico just after the end of the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century. New Media, New Millennium: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation considers the growing importance of electronic media in art.
Review for the exhibits:
Under the Mexican Sky: Revolution in Modern Photography, Feb. 2–April 22
The exhibition at the Hunter Museum presents rare early 20th century photographs by acclaimed international photographers to explore the important role Mexico and Mexico City played in the development of international modernism, an art movement characterized by experimentation in materials, techniques, and subject matter. Featured photographers include Los Angelino Edward Weston, Hollywood silent film star-turned-photographer, Tina Modotti, New Yorker Paul Strand, Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Mexico’s Manuel Álvarez Bravo.
From the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
New Media, New Millennium: Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation, Feb. 9–April 29
In a world increasingly driven by digital content, New Media, New Millennium seriously considers artists who have put aside the traditional tools of art making for new ones—coding algorithms, screens, and LEDs instead of paint, canvas, and brushes. The root of much digital work goes back to photography and its reliability in our age. The thirteen artists in the exhibition – including Jim Campbell, Leo Villareal, and Jennifer Steinkamp - explore our ever-changing relationship with the digital world through a variety of approaches that not only raise challenging issues, but also engage and enlighten.
Drawn from the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.
To highlight these special exhibitions as well as a current permanent collection photography exhibition, the Hunter is hosting a children’s contest. “Snapshot of My World”, a photography contest for school age kids, from Jan. 1-March 15. Complete contest rules and submission details are available at http://www.huntermuseum.org/photo-contest.
General admission to the Hunter Museum, including this special exhibition, is $15 for adults and free for youth 17 and under. As always, members are admitted free. To learn more about membership, visit www.huntermuseum.org/memberships.