Dr. Julie Reiss

Pronouns: She/her

Lecturer in Professional Studies, M.S. in Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies



Julie Reiss is an art historian with a focus on contemporary art that addresses the climate crisis, and the role artists can play in social change. She is the editor of the anthology Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene (2019). Her recent papers include “Art + Anthropocene: Culture, Climate and our Changing Planet” (University of York, 2020) and "More Art Less Carbon? Exploring Material Sustainability" (Université libre du Bruxelles, 2023).  In 2019 she organized the symposium “The Role of Art in the Environmental Crisis” held at Christie’s Education, and was the guest critic on the same theme for The Brooklyn Rail. A pioneering scholar in the field of Installation art, she is the author of From Margin to Center: The Spaces of Installation Art (1999). She was previously director of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market, an accredited MA program at Christie’s Education. Reiss teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on art and environment, including a course on Art and Sustainability at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.  She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Human Impacts Institute, a non-profit focused on climate justice and the arts. Reiss holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center.



Art and Science in the Anthropocene - public program given on November 19, 2022 at MUSE Science Museum in Trento, Italy. Co-panelists include artist Stefano Cagol and biologist Carlo Maiolini.



From Margin to Center: The Spaces of Installation Art.. Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, 2000.  Paperback reprint 2001.


Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene. Malaga, Spain and Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2019.


“Kamala Sankaram: The Last Stand,” The Brooklyn Rail, October 2021.

“Mary Mattingly: Public Water,” The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2021.

“(Un)Common Denominators: Janet Biggs’ Single-Channel Videos,” Catalog essay, Cristin Tierney Gallery. Summer 2021.

“Art and Climate Change.” Grove Art Online. Fall 2021.

“Here and Now: Installation Art at Rice Gallery, 1995-2017” in One Thing Well: 22 Years of Installation Art. Ed. Rainey Knudson. Houston: Rice Gallery, 2021.

“Terra Incognita: Exhibiting Ice in the Anthropocene.” Minding Nature 12, no. 2 (Spring 2019).

 “Art in the Climate Crisis.” Guest Critic, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2019.

“Locating Myself in the Anthropocene,” in EuropeNow Journal, May 2017.