Upcoming, Current and Past Exhibitions
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.
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.
PDNB Gallery was at the 2018 Dallas Art Fair with Through Darkness to Light.
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.
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.
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.
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.