In the galleries: Posters as a medium for serious but jubilant communication
By Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, July 9, 2021.
"The title of Hemphill Artworks’ “What’s Going Around: Lou Stovall & the Community Poster” gives the longtime D.C. printmaker top billing. But the show includes pieces by other notables who squeegeed ink across silk-screens at Workshop Inc., the studio Stovall founded in 1968. These include Sam Gilliam, Gene Davis and Paul Reed, as well as Stovall’s frequent collaborator, artist-musician Lloyd McNeill, and his spouse, artist Di Stovall."
The Long Sixties: Washington Paintings in the Watkins and Corcoran Legacy Collections, 1957-1982
Curated by Jack Rasmussen
American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Washington DC
February 16 – August 9, 2021
"The American University Museum recently acquired 9,000 works from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a Washington institution that closed its doors to the public in 2014. Together with our Watkins Collection we have an especially strong cache of works by Washington regional artists. While curating a show of Washington paintings drawn from our growing collections, I became interested in how my memories of a formative time in my life might be affecting my choice of artwork for this exhibition.
Every exhibition is an opportunity to address what we can see of the past from our contemporary perspective. My perspective includes the acknowledgement of persistent, systemic gender and racial injustice, bias, and violence that was present in the fifties, laid bare in the sixties, and continues to the present day. It is clear to me that the defining characteristic of most White mainstream art made between 1957 and 1982 in Washington was an adherence to aesthetic and commercial constraints that encouraged artists to remain silent when their voices are most needed. What pushback there was against this tendency was led by Black and women artists, whose work has been systematically underrepresented in the collections of Washington museums."
– Jack Rasmussen, Curator
Featuring Artists: Cynthia Bickley-Green, Lisa Montag Brotman, Allen Carter, Michael Clark, Manon Cleary, Robert D’Arista, Rebecca Davenport, Gene Davis, Willem de Looper, Jeff Donaldson, Thomas Downing, William S. Dutterer, Alan Feltus, Fred Folsom, Robert Franklin Gates, Sam Gilliam, Carol Brown Goldberg, Tom Green, Helene McKinsey Herzbrun, Michal Hunter, Val Lewton, Howard Mehring, William Newman, Kenneth Noland, Robin Rose, Joseph Shannon, Frank Anthony Smith, Carroll Sockwell, Alma Thomas, Franklin White, William Woodward, and Kenneth Victor Young.
View the exhibition and catalogue online in Museum@Home.
The past, present and future of abstraction.
May 24, 2018
Kriston Capps, Washington City Paper
In the galleries: A colorful survey of Washington artists
July, 29, 2017
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
35 Days is "a museum-worthy survey of D.C. art."
In the Galleries: A Washington Color School reunion
July 12, 2014
Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post
"Made between 1958 and 1986, these 19 works constitute an impressive sampler of Washington color painting, although they include one by an artist who never lived in the District, Karl Stanley Benjamin, and one by a representational artist, Michael Clark (whose 'Lincoln Memorial' features bars of luminous color)."