“Kathryn Cahill: Poems and Photographs,” an exhibition of the late artist’s work, was on display in the Center Gallery, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus from June 26 through August 14. The opening reception, held on June 29, was hosted by Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, and Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. (FCRH ’57), Kathryn Cahill’s husband from 1961 until her death in 2004, and director of the University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs.
“It was a great personal privilege to be part of the story of Kevin and Kate,” said Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., former president of Fordham, who spoke at the exhibition’s opening. “When I went to visit Kate in January 2004, shortly before she died, her concern was not for herself, it was for how I was adjusting to retirement. Many lives around the world have been touched by her.”
The exhibition consisted of 35 black-and-white photographs and 35 poems by Cahill, photographs of her studio by E. Short, a slide show of Kathryn Cahill at various ages with family and friends, and an introduction and biography of the late artist by Dr. Cahill.
Cahill was born Kathryn McGinity in 1935. She graduated from Rosemont College and the New York Institute of Interior Design, was the author of two books: a novel, Inside Out: A Portrait of a Family; and a book of photography, A Walk Around Town. Kathryn Cahill traveled the world on humanitarian missions with Dr. Cahill, and bore five sons with him: Kevin, Sean, Christy, Brendan and Denis.
“I never sensed sadness in her photos, as if words were the adequate vehicle for those feelings,” Dr. Cahill wrote in the introduction to his late wife’s work. “The visual arts seemed to provide her a way to capture the incredible range of joy and wonder she found in nature and humanity.”