Carol McCusker, Ph.D., is Curator of Photography at the Museum
Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego. She received a B.F.A. in studio
art and art history at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and a
M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of San
Diego, where she teaches
Since 2001 Dr. McCusker has overseen or curated over forty exhibitions,
including: American Noir: The
Photographs of James Fee (2003), The Discerning Eye: Southern California
Collects (2003), Paris: A
Century in the City of Light (2004), Andrea Modica: Treadwell/Fountain
(2005), The Roads Most Traveled:
Migration Photographs by Don Bartletti (2006), Rebels & Revelers: Experimental
Decades 1970s-1980s and Public
Privacy: Wendy Richmond's Surreptitious Cellphone (both 2007).
With founding MoPA director, Arthur Ollman and Michael Gray, director
of Lacock Abbey (estate of the British inventor of photography, William
Henry Fox Talbot), she created the catalog/exhibition, First Photographs: William Henry Fox
Talbot and The Birth of Photography (2003).
A 2006 exhibition with catalog,
Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism (2006),
explored women working in the mass media before and during WWII, and
was bracketed by three exhibitions that enhanced its thesis, Shooting in 35: The First 35mm
Photographs, Animating the World: The First Newsreels, and Today's
Pioneers: Two Women Photojournalists in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. McCusker worked with Manfred Heiting on Paul Outerbridge (Taschen 1999) and
contributed essays to: Terry Falke:
Observations in an Occupied Wilderness (Chronicle, 2006), Phil Stern: A Life's Work
(powerHouse, 2002), James Fee:
Peleliu Project (Seraphin, 2002), and Three Visions of Peru
(Throckmorton, 2002), and Shooting Stars: War Photographers in Hollywood (2007).