$10,000 toward Reuben Kadish: Metamorphosis, an exhibition on the artist with accompanying catalogue, organized by director Helen A. Harrison, in consultation with Judd Tully, chairman of The Reuben Kadish Art Foundation. Kadish grew up in Los Angeles and later worked in New York City. Kadish was both a painter and sculptor; his many-faceted career included producing a WPA mural and serving as a combat artist in WWII. His imagery, in which forms often take on multiple guises, reflects his interest in mythology, tribal art, and religious symbolism, intensified from his experiences of war.
$13,000 to document and support the conservation of works by Reuben Kadish, a first-generation abstract expressionist whose many-faceted career included work in the W.P.A. Project and the Army Artist Unit, a special group of artists asked to document World War II. The grant specifically supports the conservation of selected works on paper and his late terra cotta “earth mother” sculpture.