Jennifer Steinkamp ( born 1958), Bouquet 1, 2013, Computer-generated image, Jennifer Steinkamp, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. (Photo: Joseph Rynkiewicz.)

Two upcoming special exhibitions at the Hunter Museum of American Art will explore technological breakthroughs in art and how those advances have altered the way our society depicts and interprets the world.

“Under the Mexican Sky: A Revolution in Modern Photography” will open Feb. 2. through April 22.

The exhibit explores “the important role Mexico and Mexico City played in the development of international modernism through rare vintage photographs from the 1920s by Los Angelino Edward Weston and Hollywood silent film star turned photographer Tina Modotti.” It also includes photos from the 1930s by New Yorker Paul Strand, Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mexico’s Manuel Álvarez Bravo.


Opening Feb. 9, “New Media, New Millennium: Digital Art From the Thoma Foundation” presents photos by artists who “are bypassing the traditional tools of artmaking for screens, software and coding.”

The exhibit features time-based, dynamic and interactive pieces by artists such as Leo Villareal and Jennifer Steinkamp.

General admission to the museum is $15 for adults and free for youth 17 and under.

In addition to the exhibits, Museum officials launched a photography contest seeking the best K–12 photographers to exhibit in the Hunter Museum Education Studio.

The contest runs through March 15.

K–12 students are asked to “capture a slice of your world” and submit the photo. No selfies are permitted.

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