Resting on the Goalpost. Washington, D.C., June 1969, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

  • Roland L. Freeman, Resting on the Goalpost. Washington, D.C., June 1969, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements, 1969, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1969, Roland L. Freeman, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer, 1991.80.8

Exhibition Label
Freeman has been on the streets since he was an eight-year-old who skipped school to ride the Baltimore trolleys. He worked with the arabbers, vendors who peddled ice, coal, and fresh produce from horse-drawn wagons, sold newspapers door-to-door, and joined a street gang. Concerned that back-alley life would lead to trouble, his mother sent him to live on a tobacco farm in southern Maryland. These experiences, and the people, he met, shaped the work of a man who in 2007 was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship and the Bess Lomax Hawes Award for a lifetime of artistic excellence and contributions to the nation’s traditional arts heritage.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Resting on the Goalpost. Washington, D.C., June 1969, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements
Artist
Date
1969, printed 1982
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of George H. Dalsheimer

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – other – playground
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Landscape – District of Columbia – Washington
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1991.80.8
Palette
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