The Guardian

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

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
Artist
Date
1990
Location
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

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Object – other – flag
  • Allegory – other – vigilance
  • Dress – accessory – eye wear
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Architecture Exterior
Object Number
1994.23.4
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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