Issue #236  10/25/2017
When War Begets Art: A Curator's Tale in the New York Times

By Alex Novak

Aftermath exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art (Photo Courtesy of the Harn)
Aftermath exhibit at the Harn Museum of Art (Photo Courtesy of the Harn)

Every once in a while I have the pleasure of noting the accomplishment of a friend. In next Sunday's New York Times (Oct. 28,2017), Carol McCusker, who is Curator of Photography for the Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, received some great and well-deserved coverage for her work and her recent show, "Aftermath: The Fallout of War — America and the Middle East" (now traveling to other venues).

As she said in the NYT story, “We are not antiwar. But there is a generation of people who look to war to solve problems. We want to show what war does. I have always been interested in history, and I believe in using photography to address contemporary issues. More and more of our exhibits are of the moment."

To see the entire story, either pick up a Sunday New York Times, or go here to the online version, which might not hurt your back as much and will save a few trees: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/arts/museums-middle-east-war-photographs.html.

The show is currently at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota until January 21, 2018.

I should note that Carol worked with me for a while as my associate, and, while having nothing to do with her success as a curator, I am rather proud of the work she does now.