Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) showcased the work of Lou and his wife Di in the exhibition “Through Their Eyes: The Art of Lou and Di Stovall,” which was on view from September 18 to December 18, 1983.
In addition to providing filmic documentation of local art and culture as it follows the artistic process of the film’s namesake, who is oft referred to as the “dean of printmaking in D.C,” Lou Stovall also serves as a document of an artistic process as it related to artists in the 1980s. This makes the film a useful historical record in looking at the trajectory of silkscreening - a process that dates back to China's Song Dynasty and was popularized as a modern art form by Andy Warhol in the 1960s.
The film now exists in video form as part the DVD compilation Black History: From Civil War Through Today, which is still available on the marketplace and held by a number of libraries, but the only known 16mm film prints are housed in the Anacostia Community Museum Archives along with the original Eastman Color Negatives.
Top: Lou Stovall painting in his studio. Bottom: Lou Stovall being filmed in his studio.
Photographs from ACM Archives' exhibit records.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum