Maura Reilly profile picture

Maura Reilly is a New York-based curator and writer who has dedicated her career to contemporary art in/of/from the margins. During the 1990s she managed Laurie Anderson’s studio, wrote reviews for Art in America, worked as an educator at MoMA, curated exhibitions at pop-up sites, conducted salons for artists and writers, taught art history, while completing her master’s and doctorate in art history, from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, under the mentorship of Linda Nochlin. Since then she has held Senior Curator positions at the American Federation of Arts and Location One, both in New York City, and perhaps, most famously, was the Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she conceived and launched the very first exhibition and public programming space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art. While there she organized several exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Global Feminisms, co-curated with Linda Nochlin, the permanent reinstallation of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, Ghada Amer: Love Has No End, and Burning Down the House, among many others. Some of Reilly’s recent curatorial projects include Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Collection (2014), Nayland Blake: Behavior (2010), Carolee Schneemann: Painting, What It Became (2009), and Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them, the artist’s first retrospective which traveled throughout the US from 2011-13, accompanied by a major monograph. She has authored numerous books and articles on feminism and contemporary art. Forthcoming publications include an edited volume, Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader, as well as Curatorial Activism: Toward an Ethics of Curating––both to be published by Thames & Hudson, in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Reilly has taught at several universities in the US and Australia—including Tufts University, Pratt Institute, Vassar College, Sydney College of the Arts, and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, where she served as Chair and Professor of Art Theory. Reilly is a founding member of both The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) and the Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) – two organizations fighting discrimination against women in the art world and society at large. She is also a founder, along with Helena Reckitt and Lara Perry, of fCU (Feminist Curators United), a network of curators and scholars dedicated to developing feminist curatorial practice through the sharing of ideas and resources, with programs encompassing public events, publications, and mentorships. Reilly is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including ArtTable’s Future Women Leadership Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art, and most recently a mid-career grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Currently, she is working as an independent writer and curator on projects with Tony Albert, Trey Ratcliff, and Lena Liv.