Maura Reilly

Name Dr Maura McArdle Reilly
Current Role(s) Adjunct Professor
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Maura Reilly is a New York- and Sydney-based curator who is recognized internationally for expertise in contemporary art and transnational feminism. Most recently, she held a position as Professor at Griffith University (Brisbane) and a Senior Curator position at the American Federation of Art (New York City). From 2003 to 2008, as Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, she conceived and launched the first exhibition and public programming space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art, where 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, Burning Down the House, among others. Reilly is the author of numerous articles and books and has received several prestigious awards and accolades, including ArtTable’s prestigious Future Women Leadership Award (2005). Her recent curatorial projects include La Mirada Iracunda (The Furious Gaze) (Bilbao), Nayland Blake: Behavior (New York City), Carolee Schneemann: Painting, What It Became (New York City), Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them (a US traveling exhibition). Reilly will co-curate the second Kiev Biennale in 2014. Dr. Reilly received her M. A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Significant Publications


Curatorial Activism and Ethical Responsibility, Charta Books, Milan/New York,
Forthcoming – 2015
Women Artists: A Linda Nochlin Reader, Thames & Hudson, London, Forthcoming – 2015
Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them, D Giles Ltd, London, 2011
Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art, edited w. Linda Nochlin, Merrell, London/New York, 2007
Ghada Amer, Gregory R. Miller, New York 2010
Ghada Amer: Color Misbehavior, with Ghada Amer, Cheim & Reid, New York, 2010
Nayland Blake: Behavior, Location One, New York, 2009


“Gonkar Gyatso: a product of occupied Tibet,” Gonkar Gyatso, ConceptioArt, Hong Kong, 2012, pp 10–25.
“Crossing Over,” Lionel Bawden, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA, 2011, pp. 5–11.
“Toward a Curatorial Activism,” Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011, Arts Queensland, Brisbane, 2011, pp. 8–23.
“Un-Australian Visions,” Australia Felix Octivium Press, Brisbane, 2011, pp. 10–15.
“No Mas Kiss Kiss: Notas sobre el Arte Feminista en el Siglo XXI,” with Linda Nochlin, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 75 pasos en 45 años de Arte y Feminismo, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, 2007, pp. 61-67; 265-268.
“Preface,” Patricia Cronin: Harriet Hosmer, lost and found, Charta, New York/ Milan, 2009, pp. 8–12.


"The Paintings of Carolee Schneemann," Feminist Studies, 37.3, fall/winter 2012, pp. 620–648.
“What you see is what I am’: Tracey Emin’s Self –Portraiture,” Art & Australia, March 2011, pp. 514-21.
“Curating Transnational Feminisms,” Feminist Studies, 36:1, spring 2010, pp. 156–173.

Significant Curatorial Projects

At the American Federation of Arts:

Etruscan Art from the Louvre, 2016 onwards
Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 2014 onwards
[[i||Richard Bell: Uz vs. Them][, 2011–2013
Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, 2011 - 2012

At the Elizabeth A. Sackler Centre for Feminist Art:

The Fertile Goddess, co-curated with Madeleine Cody, December 2008 - May 2009
Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection, October 2008 - April 2009
Pharaohs, Queens and Goddesses, co-curated with Edward Bleiberg, february 2007 - February 2008
Ghada Amer: Love Has No End, February - October 2008
Remix, August 2007 - February 2008
The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, March 2007 onwards
Global Feminisms: New Directions in Contemporary Art, co-curated with Linda Nochlin, March - July 2007

As an independent curator:

An Architect's Eye: The Collection of John Mainwaring, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa, March - May 2012
Richard Bell: I Am Not Sorry, Location One, New York City, October - December 2009
Rudy Shepherd: Portraits, Location One, New York City, July 2009
Conrad Shawcross: Control, Location One, New York City, May - September 2009
La Mirada Iracunda (the Furious Gaze), co-curated with Xabier Arakistain, January 2008 - May 2008
Carolee Schneeman: Painting, What it Became, P.P.O.W Gallery, New York City, March 2009

Awards and Grants

AAMC Award Nomination for “Global Feminisms” as Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue, 2007

“Power Women 2007” Award by New York Moves magazine, 2007

AICA Award Nomination for “Global Feminisms” as Best Thematic Show in New York City, 2006–2007

Women’s Caucus for Art, President’s Award, which recognizes and anticipates a lifetime of achievement in the arts, 2006

Professional Membership

International Council for Museums (ICOM)
International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM)
International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)
International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
College Art Association (CAA)
Art Table
Association of Art Museum Curators
American Association of Museums
The Feminist Art Project - Founding Member, National Committee Member
Queer Caucus for Art - Co-Chair, 2003-2004
CAA Committee on Women in the Arts - committee appointment 2009 - 2011