Cadmus does not fit easily into the conventional rubrics of modern art, since he was part vanguardist and part traditionalist.
"We would have lost so much in the way of regional history and artifacts had MESDA not undertaken this project when it did."
When it closed its doors in 1971, American crafts were no longer an anomaly, and the desire for them had never been stronger. Mission accomplished.
The vogue for tinsel painting, which spread from high places to low in nineteenth-century America, is the subject of a glittering exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum.