TRAVELING EXHIBITION - THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT

November 30, 2017 to January 7, 2018 at the Ontario Museum of History & Art

The traveling exhibition Through Darkness to Light will open at the Ontario Museum of History & Art in Ontario, California outside of Los Angeles. There are two programs scheduled to coincide with the exhibition:

Trunk Show and Lecture: Quilted Pages
Saturday, December 9, 2017 (2pm to 3:30pm)
Learn about American history through African American quilts with artist and author Allyson Allen. The presentation includes an overview of antebellum and slave era reproduction quilts. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Free admission.

Book Chat: The Underground Railroad: A Novel
Saturday, January 6, 2018 (12pm to 4pm)
Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize Winner and Oprah Book Club Pick) is a tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape slavery. Join the Museum for a book chat moderated by Sheila Marchbanks. Participants will share ideas and opinions about the book. Books are available at the Museum Store, Ontario City Library, online, or at a local bookstore. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Reservations required. Refreshments are from 12pm to 12:30pm.

Additional Upcoming Venues and Dates:

Texarkana Regional Arts Center;
Texarkana, TX; Jan. 28th - Mar. 16th, 2018
Panola College;
Carthage, TX; Apr. 6th - May 25th, 2018
Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center;
Portsmouth, VA; Jun. 16th - Oct. 20th, 2018
Alexandria Black History Museum;
Alexandria, VA; Jan. 28th - Mar. 16th, 2019
West Baton Rouge Museum;
Port Allen, LA; Apr. 6th - May 25th, 2019
Delta Cultural Center;
Helena, AR; Jun. 16th - Aug. 11th, 2019
Canton Museum of Art;
Canton, OH; Sept. 1st - Oct. 20th, 2019
Gorman Discovery Center;
Kansas City, MO; Nov. 10th - Jan. 7th, 2020
Upcountry History Museum;
Greenville, SC; Jan. 28th - May 25th, 2020
Bell County Museum;
Belton, TX; Sept. 1st - Oct. 20th, 2020
Mennello Museum of American Art;
Orlando, FL; Nov. 10th, 2021 - Jan. 7th, 2022

For exhibition details and availability please click here.

Installation Images from previous venues are below.


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.

© 2017 Jeanine Michna-Bales