Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Appoints Maura Reilly as Director – ARTnews.com
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has named curator and writer Maura Reilly as the next director of its Zimmerli Art Museum. Reilly succeeds Donna Gustafson, who served as the museum’s interim director and will continue as Curator of American and Modern Art/Mellon Director of University Programs. Reilly will take up his new role on February 15.
Reilly has become known as a strong advocate for female artists and other marginalized communities. She is the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was instrumental in organizing Judy Chicago’s permanent installation. party dinner, now a star attraction at the museum, and where she co-curated the influential “Global Feminisms” exhibition with Linda Nochlin.
Reilly edited Female Artists: La Linda Nochlin Reader (2015), an anthology of Nochlin’s most essential artistic essays, including her groundbreaking text “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” She also contributed to ART newsat the helm of a 2015 issue dedicated to the status of women in the art world and addressing topics such as the 2019 rehang of the Museum of Modern Art.
Most recently, she curated the video art survey “Wandamba yalungka…/Winds change direction” for Performa 2021 in New York and the upcoming “Transfeminisms” opening next year at Mimosa House in London. , followed by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona in 2024.
Reilly has also served as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the National Academy of Design and Senior Curator at the American Federation of Arts.
“I am passionately committed to the museum’s core missions of research, teaching and community engagement,” Reilly said in a statement, adding, “This is an exciting time for 21st century art museums and The Zimmerli is poised to lead the way as its university museums strive to create more equitable museum and campus experiences where everyone not only feels welcome, but also recognized.