Dr Chiara O'Reilly

BA (Hons) University of Sydney, Phd University of Sydney

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4256

Biographical details

Dr Chiara O'Reilly has been involved with exhibitions and projects at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW. She has extensive teaching experience across the university sector. She is the current Chair of the Museum Studies Program.

Her doctoral thesis dealt with the French Romantic Landscape painter Paul Huet (1803-1869) and considered Romantic ideas of human history and natural science, as well as the influence of literature on the depiction of landscape.

Research interests

  • Exhibitions – history and contemporary practice
  • Museums and community
  • History and development of Museums
  • Landscape and preservation
  • Objects in museums

Teaching and supervision

  • Exhibitions in Museums and Galleries
  • 19th Century histories of displays and practice
  • History of Museums
  • Collecting history and contemporary methods

Current projects

  • French Romantic Landscape paintings – ideas of history and place
  • Blockbusters and Exhibitions in Australia – collaborative project with Dr Anna Lawrenson
  • Suitcases, Boats and Bridges: Telling migrant stories in Australian and UK Museums, collaborative project with Dr Nina Parish from the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath
  • Collection and display history in Australian Museums

Recent Conference Papers

  • O'Reilly, C with Dr Anna Lawrenson. 'In bed with Van Gogh: Selling the Masterpieces from Paris at the National Gallery of Australia' Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, 18-20 June, 2014.
  • O'Reilly, C. with Dr Nina Parish. ‘Ethno-specific vs Intercultural: What is the role of the
    community gallery in museums today?' Suitcases, Boats and Bridges: Telling migrant stories in Australian museums, 2 August 2013.
  • O'Reilly, C. with Dr Nina Parish. ‘Suitcases, Boats and Bridges: How are objects being used to collect and tell migrant stories in Australian museums?’ Suitcases, Boats and Bridges: Telling migrant stories in Australian museums, 2 August 2013.
  • Hammond, G., O’Reilly, C. ‘Bridging the gap: museums, scholarly development, collaborative relationships, applied history and Universities’. Museums Australia Conference, Canberra, 2013.
  • O'Reilly C. with Dr Anna Lawrenson. ‘Cross cultural encounters at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors’, Perspectives from Australia Canada and China, The University of Sydney November 2011.
  • O'Reilly C. with Dr Anna Lawrenson. ‘The Cult of the Warrior: Visitor Experience at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ‘ Contact – Art Association of Australian and New Zealand’ 2011 Annual Conference Victoria University Wellington December 2011.
  • O'Reilly C. 'Show Windows for Science’: presenting place and constructing nature at the Australian Museum.’ Double Vision: Biennial Australian Studies Conference The University of Sydney, 25-26 November 2010.
  • O'Reilly C. ‘French Academic Art: Reception and context at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.’ George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization, University of Sydney 14-16 July 2010.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). [Book review] 'Photojournalism and the Origins of the French Writer House Museum (1881-1914): Privacy, Publicity, and Personality' by Elizabeth Emery. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 42(1&2), 156-157. [More Information]
  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). Paul Huet's L'Inondation a Saint-Cloud at the Exposition universelle of 1855: reassessing poetry and history in Romantic nature [L'Inondation a Saint-Cloud de Paul Huet a l'Exposition universelle de 1855: pour une reevaluation de la poesie et de l'histoire dans la nature romantique]. Romantisme: revue du dix-neuvieme siecle, 160, 123-138.
  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). Show Windows for Science: The Early Use of Diorama at Sydney's Australia Museum. Museum History Journal, 6(2), 147-165. [More Information]
  • O'Reilly, C. (2008). Review of: Petra ten-Doesschate Chu's The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 36(3 & 4), 352-354. [More Information]
  • O'Reilly, C. (2007). L'histoire dans le paysage. Paul Huet et le chateau de Pierrefonds [History in the countryside. Paul Huet and Pierrefonds Castle]. La Revue des Musees de France, 57(1), 69-74.

Textual Creative Works

  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). [Exhibition Catalogue Essay] Matthew Hawkes Painting. United Kingdom: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
  • O'Reilly, C. (2002). Notes on the artists – Louis Auguste de Sainson, Ernest Goupil, Louis Le Breton and the Natural History artists. The Voyages of Dumont D’Urville 1826-1840, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). New funding for the Australian Museum - but is it sustainable? The Conversation. [More Information]

Other

  • O'Reilly, C. (2003), Translator - Catalogue entries and artists biographies in exhibition catalogue French Paintings from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier.

2014

  • O'Reilly, C., Lawrenson, A. (2014). New funding for the Australian Museum - but is it sustainable? The Conversation. [More Information]

2013

  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). [Book review] 'Photojournalism and the Origins of the French Writer House Museum (1881-1914): Privacy, Publicity, and Personality' by Elizabeth Emery. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 42(1&2), 156-157. [More Information]
  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). [Exhibition Catalogue Essay] Matthew Hawkes Painting. United Kingdom: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). Paul Huet's L'Inondation a Saint-Cloud at the Exposition universelle of 1855: reassessing poetry and history in Romantic nature [L'Inondation a Saint-Cloud de Paul Huet a l'Exposition universelle de 1855: pour une reevaluation de la poesie et de l'histoire dans la nature romantique]. Romantisme: revue du dix-neuvieme siecle, 160, 123-138.
  • O'Reilly, C. (2013). Show Windows for Science: The Early Use of Diorama at Sydney's Australia Museum. Museum History Journal, 6(2), 147-165. [More Information]

2008

  • O'Reilly, C. (2008). Review of: Petra ten-Doesschate Chu's The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture. Nineteenth Century French Studies, 36(3 & 4), 352-354. [More Information]

2007

  • O'Reilly, C. (2007). L'histoire dans le paysage. Paul Huet et le chateau de Pierrefonds [History in the countryside. Paul Huet and Pierrefonds Castle]. La Revue des Musees de France, 57(1), 69-74.

2003

  • O'Reilly, C. (2003), Translator - Catalogue entries and artists biographies in exhibition catalogue French Paintings from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier.

2002

  • O'Reilly, C. (2002). Notes on the artists – Louis Auguste de Sainson, Ernest Goupil, Louis Le Breton and the Natural History artists. The Voyages of Dumont D’Urville 1826-1840, Sydney, Australia: Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

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