Upcoming, Current and Past Exhibitions


Through Darkness to Light
will be a part of the group exhibition Comer Collection: “Echoes of History” this fall.

October 28, 2019 - November 22, 2019
Nebula Gallery, McDermott Library, UT Dallas

The collective memory of historic events is often inextricably linked with the place of its occurrence. In this exhibition, photographers Noel Clark, Jeanine Michna-Bales and Kim Stringfellow explore how the Civil War, the Underground Railroad and the Works Progress Administration altered the U.S. landscape and are indelibly imprinted on the land. Curated by UT Dallas PhD candidate Jessica Ingle.


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Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery and PDNB Gallery brought Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad back to AIPAD The Photography Show 2019.


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Marking the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the first slave ships in the United States, this exhibition features selections from Jeanine Michna-Bales’s Through Darkness to Light: Photographs along the Underground Railroad series from the collection of Julia J. Norrell. After researching the subject for more than a decade, Michna-Bales captured various sites that freedom-seekers traveled along the Underground Railroad. Recalling the fugitives who sought refuge in the dark chambers of night, Michna-Bales conjures their frightful journeys through her mysterious, night-time landscapes. One of the few visual records on the subject, this body of work “illuminate[s] the darkened corners of our shared history,” while prompting reflection about its continued reverberations in our global world. The exhibition was on view through May 12, 2019.


 

 

Through Darkness to Light is a part of the group traveling exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, an unprecedented photography exhibition that comprises fifty-six photographers' visions of the South.


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PDNB Gallery was at the 2018 Dallas Art Fair with Through Darkness to Light.


Arnika Dawkins Gallery   brought  Through Darkness to Light  to The 2018 Photography Show by AIPAD.

Arnika Dawkins Gallery brought Through Darkness to Light to The 2018 Photography Show by AIPAD.


CENTER PhotoSummer 2017 presented Through Darkness to Light at photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space. Signed copies of the book of the same title from Princeton Architectural Press are available.


Through Darkness to Light was on view at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center through June 30, 2017. The exhibition was brought to Charlottesville as part of the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. 


PDNB Gallery opened Through Darkness to Light in February of 2017 with an artist talk and book signing. An additional artist talk highlighted Jackie Rockwell reading an essay she had written in reaction to viewing the show as part of a college photography course.


Through Darkness to Light opened at Arnika Dawkins Gallery in February 2017 with an artist talk and book signing.


 

As part of the 2015 New Orleans Photo Alliance PhotoNOLA Festival Jeanine Michna-Bales was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize by the reviewers that included photography curators, editors, publishers, gallery owners and other industry professionals, resulting in a solo show at the NOPA Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016. The exhibition was entitled TWO PROJECTS: An Overview.


Frack-tured was a part of  Perspectives  at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts  in Longview, Texas at the beginning of 2016.

Frack-tured was a part of Perspectives at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas at the beginning of 2016.


Denison Museum at Denison University hosted Through Darkness to Light during the Fall 2015 semester. The curriculum for several classes was built around the exhibition that also featured work from Glen Ligon, Kara Walker and Carrie Mae Weems. Michna-Bales visited with a few classes and groups, as well as giving an artist talk at the opening.


An image from  Frack-tured  was chosen to be a part of Newspace Now: 2015 Members' Salon  at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.

An image from Frack-tured was chosen to be a part of Newspace Now: 2015 Members' Salon at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon.


Jeanine Michna-Bales and the project Through Darkness to Light were chosen to be a part of Moving Walls 23: Journeys from the Documentary Photography Project at Open Society Foundations. The group show also includes work from Glenna Gordon, Dionysis Kouris, Liam Maloney, and Shahria Sharmin and was curated by Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander.

The photographers in Moving Walls 23: Journeys honor the audacity, resourcefulness, and creativity of people carving out new opportunities and realities. Whether escaping the bondage of slavery, fleeing war and hardship, or creating spaces to make their voices heard, they are all pursuing avenues toward a more self-determined future.
— Open Society Foundations

 

Through Darkness to Light was a part of Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Art | Jacksonville in 2015. Other participating artists included William Christenberry, Deborah Luster, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Andrew Moore and Alec Soth.

Images courtesy Doug Eng and MOCA | Jacksonville.


Michna-Bales was awarded a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria  by juror Malcolm Daniel as part of the  32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition  at Houston Center for Photography in 2014.

Michna-Bales was awarded a Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria by juror Malcolm Daniel as part of the 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition at Houston Center for Photography in 2014.


The Curve,  2014 CENTER Award Winners Traveling Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado.

The Curve, 2014 CENTER Award Winners Traveling Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado.


Through Darkness to Light   was awarded First Place in the Gallerist's Choice category by juror Steffi Schulze in the  CENTER 2014 Choice Awards  resulting in a scholarship to Review Santa Fe 2014 and being exhibited as part of the group show,  The Curve , 2014 CENTER Award Winners Show.

Through Darkness to Light was awarded First Place in the Gallerist's Choice category by juror Steffi Schulze in the CENTER 2014 Choice Awards resulting in a scholarship to Review Santa Fe 2014 and being exhibited as part of the group show, The Curve, 2014 CENTER Award Winners Show.

The Curve,  2014 CENTER Award Winners Show at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Curve, 2014 CENTER Award Winners Show at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.