Comer Collection: "Echoes of History" Artist Reception and Gallery Talk
Thursday, November 7, 2019,
Venue: Nebula Gallery, McDermott Library
Artist Jeanine Michna-Bales and Curator Jessica Ingle will give gallery talks regarding the selections from the Comer Collection of Photography. 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 Homestead Acts altered the U.S. landscape and are indelibly imprinted on the land. Jeanine Michna-Bales’ Bio: Jeanine Michna-Bales is a conceptual fine artist working in the medium of photography. Her work explores the relationship between past events and their continued impact on contemporary society. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text into her projects. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and online blogs, including New York Times’ Lens Blog, UK Daily Mail, In Sight by The Washington Post, Smithsonian.com, Virginia Quarterly Review, Transition from Harvard University, Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. Michna-Bales was named to the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014 and in 2017. Among other honors, her work was selected for the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was awarded the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016. Jessica Ingle’s Bio: Jessica Ingle obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, 2009 and her Master’s degree in Art History from University of North Texas, 2012. She is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Ingle specializes in nineteenth and early-twentieth-century American art with a particular emphasis in turn of the century culture, media archaeology, gendered representations, and transculturalism. She has presented her research at major institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, among others, and has curated exhibitions in galleries as well as institutional spaces. Her previous experience includes Assistant Director at Zhulong Gallery, curator and collection manager of a private art collection in Dallas, graduate registration fellow at the Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as work with other institutions such as Public Art San Antonio, The McNay Art Museum, Sid Richardson Museum, The Historians of British Art, and Zubiate Projects. Nebula Gallery, McDermott Library hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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