Published July 26, 2022

Photo by Rochelle S. Paris

New Director Maura Reilly leads the Zimmerli Art Museum with unique and progressive thinking on how art can be presented.

Maura Reilly—a curator, writer, art consultant, and nonprofit leader who has organized international exhibitions showcasing marginalized artists—is the new director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Reilly was the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, launching the first exhibition and public programming space in the United States devoted to feminist art. In that role, she brought Judy Chicago’s iconic sculptural installation The Dinner Party to the viewing public after years in which it was intermittently stored, inaccessible, and misunderstood. Thanks in part to Reilly, Chicago’s groundbreaking work now has a permanent home.

Regarding her new position at Rutgers, Reilly sounds a clear note of optimism. “It is an exciting moment for 21st-century art museums,” she says, “and the Zimmerli is poised to lead the way among its university museum peers in the effort toward creating more equitable museum and campus experiences where everybody feels not only welcome, but also recognized.”

Story originally appeared in Rutgers Magazine.

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