The Guardian

  • Earlie Hudnall, Jr., The Guardian, 1990, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1990, Earlie Hudnall, Jr., Museum purchase, 1994.23.4

Exhibition Label

Many of Hudnall’s photographs focus on children and the elderly. “A unique commonality exists between young and old,” he observes, “because there is always a continuity between the past and the future. It is this commonality which I strive to depict in my work.” In The Guardian, a father enfolds his young daughter as they stand along a street reflected in the mirrored lenses of his glasses. The American flag tucked behind his ear suggests more – that in addition to warmth and affection, he is passing on a sense of community and patriotic pride.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Title
The Guardian
Artists
Date
1990
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 19 7/8 x 16 in. (50.4 x 40.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Object – other – flag
  • Allegory – other – vigilance
Object Number
1994.23.4
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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