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Earlie Hudnall, Jr. Featured in the Smithsonian’s Exhibition of African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond

Hip Hop by Earlie Hudnall, Jr., 1993 (photo courtesy the artist)

Hip Hop by Earlie Hudnall, Jr., 1993 (photo courtesy the artist)

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond
Smithsonian’s American Art Museum
April 27 through September 3, 2012

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery artist, Earlie Hudnall, Jr., is featured in an important exhibition of African American Artists at the American Art Museum in Washington D.C. The show opens Friday, April 27, 2012.

The exhibition, organized by Sr. Curator, Virginia Mecklenburg, features various media: painting, sculpture, prints and photographs that cover the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights Era and post Civil Rights Era. Of the 54 photographs in the show, Hudnall is represented by 8 works, some of his signature images from a fertile 40 year career.

Other artists included in this exhibition are Jacob Lawrence, Roy DeCarava, Romare Bearden, Thornton Dial, Sr. and John Biggers, a close friend of Hudnall’s that founded the art department at Texas Southern University.

Hudnall is the University photographer for Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. TSU is one of the nation’s largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that provides undergraduate and graduate degrees including Business, Education, Pharmacy & Health Services and Law. The University is located in center of Houston, the Third Ward.

Much of Earlie Hudnall’s photograph were taken within the African American community of Houston’s Third Ward. Many were also taken in
Street Champion, 1986

Mississippi where he was born (1946, Hattiesburg). Hudnall has created a unique document featuring people within his environment going to church, playing on the streets and front porches. He photographed neighborhood characters and teenage boys on the edge of turning the wrong direction.

Hudnall’s photographs are in many notable museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Harry Ransom Research Center, Austin Texas.

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