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Through Darkness to Light:
Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad

February 18 - April 15, 2017

Artist Gallery Talk
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2 PM
From a cotton plantation just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, all the way north to Canada,
Jeanine Michna-Bales has created a photographic journey of a slave's long road to freedom,
circa 1840.

Under the cover of darkness, an estimated 100,000 slaves traveled north to freedom in the
decades prior to the Civil War. They had little knowledge of the trails that lead to their liberty. To
find north was to look for moss growing on the north side of trees or by observing the North Star
located by the Big Dipper.

Michna-Bales takes you on a dark lit passage through demanding terrains and ominous river
crossings in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and finally
Ontario, Canada. The threatening rivers crossed included the Mississippi, Tennessee and the Ohio
River (The River Jordan).

Michna-Bales decade long project uncovered roughly 1,400 miles, revealing actual sites, cities
and places that freedom-seekers passed through. Homes of Abolitionists William Beard, Joshua
Eliason Jr., and Reverend Guy Beckley gave refuge, and are included in her photographic essay.

The photographs offer an eerie, visceral journey that immerses you in the night's grasp. The images
illustrate the daunting task of traveling roughly 20 miles each night.

Jeanine Michna-Bales latest projects have been researching and photographing long-forgotten
nuclear fallout shelters and invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil from fracking. She recently
won the PhotoNola Portfolio Review Prize in 2015, which resulted in a solo exhibition in New Orleans
this fall. She was awarded the 2016 Documentarian of the American South Collection Award from
the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. Her photographs have been published in
many publications including Harper's, Transition, Spot and Geo Histoire. Her work is in the
permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Center for Documentary Arts at
Duke University.

Through Darkness to Light is also a traveling exhibition sponsored by

Mid-America Arts Alliance through Exhibits USA, exhibiting from 2017 - 2022.

Book: Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, Published by
Princeton Architectural Press. Release date: February 7, 2017. Forward by Andrew. J. Young, and
essays by Fergus M. Bordewich, Robert F. Darden, and Eric R. Jackson.
Jeanine Michna-Bales, Stopover, Frogmore Plantation, Concordia Parish,
Louisiana, 2014


A Group Exhibition
February 18 - April 15, 2017
Featured Artists:

Keith Carter, William Greiner, Ferne Koch, Earlie Hudnall, Jr.,
Clarence John Laughlin, Danny Lyons, Birney Imes,
Paul Greenberg, Brandon Thibodeaux, Jack Delano,
Shelby Lee Adams, Peter Brown, and William Christenberry.
William Christenberry, House & Car, Near Akron,
Alabama, 1978

March 1 -  April 15, 2017
Nickolas Muray, Frida Painting "The Two Fridas",
c. 1939
Simultaneously with the Dallas Museum of Art's highly anticipated exhibition, "Mexico 1900-1950:
Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde", PDNB Gallery will be
exhibiting a special selection of photographs of the influential Mexican Surrealist painter and
icon, Frida Kahlo.

The exhibition will highlight the playful and candid portraits of Frida taken by artist and close
companion, Lucienne Bloch (1909-1999).  
By an encounter with the great Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, Bloch was subsequently
introduced to Frida, and the two developed a deep friendship. During Diego's turbulent stay
in the United States, Bloch became an important figure in Frida's life, helping her overcome
a number of obstacles that would later reflect in the artist's most important paintings. Bloch
would also document many of Diego's prominent mural works including "Unity Panel" at the
New Workers School in New York, 1933, (included in the exhibition) and the only surviving
photographs of the controversial Rockefeller Center mural, which was destroyed in 1934.

Also featured in this exhibition are the vibrant color and black & white photographs of Frida
Kahlo by the master photographer and Frida's long time lover, Nickolas Muray (1892-1965).
Throughout their ten years on and off affair, Muray would photograph Frida during his visits
to Mexico and while she was in New York for her solo exhibition at the Julian Levy Gallery.
The images included by Muray reveal the eccentric, colorful and forceful figure that was
Frida through both candid moments and studio settings.

The powerful work of the artist, Delilah Montoya (1955), paying homage to Frida, through
surrealist and alternative photographic processes will also be featured.

This exhibition will be on view from March 1 - April 15, 2017.