Julie Reiss

Independent Scholar and Educator

New York

Julie Reiss is an art historian with a focus on contemporary art that addresses the climate crisis. She has spoken on panels related to art and climate change including “Shifting Domains: Artists Respond to the Threatened Ecological Commons (Marfa Ballroom Dialogues, 2013), and “Landscape and Anthropocene” (College Art Association, 2016). She is the editor of Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene (2019). 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 also the author of From Margin to Center: The Spaces of Installation Art (1999), in addition to numerous articles and reviews. She was previously the director of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market, an accredited MA program at Christie’s Education. Reiss teaches graduate and undergraduate courses modern and contemporary art. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Angel Bellaran

Curator, Visual Activist and Teaching Artist

New Jersey

Angel Bellaran is a curator, visual activist, and teaching artist, currently working with the nationwide non-profit organization, Studio Montclair. A third-generation multiracial American living in Newark, New Jersey, Bellaran holds a Master’s in Curatorial Studies from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dublin, Ireland, and a BFA from Mason Gross, the arts conservatory at Rutgers State University.
Bellaran was the first Latinx woman director of East Carolina University’s Wellington B. Gray Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts graduate program, MA in Curatorial Practice. A founding organizer of the global grassroots art movement, Nasty Women Exhibition (2016), and the co-creator of Toppled Monuments Archive (2020), during the pandemic Bellaran contributed to a number of community projects and public artworks: most notably providing integral support to Audible’s Newark Artist Collaboration (2021).
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Tasneem Zakaria Mehta

Director, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum


Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is an art historian, writer, curator, designer, and cultural activist. A leader of India’s heritage preservation movement, Mehta has successfully pioneered the revival and restoration of several of Mumbai’s important cultural sites. As managing trustee and honorary director of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mehta conceptualized, curated, designed, and implemented the institution’s restoration and revitalization. In 2005 the museum was awarded a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence and has become an important cultural hub and platform for showcasing contemporary and historic exhibitions.

Mehta is also vice chairman of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and a Mumbai chapter convener. She is a member of: the advisory board of the National Gallery of Modern Art; the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design; the museum Expert Committee in the Ministry of Culture; and the Academic Council of the National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation, and Museology. She is also a trustee of the Kochi Biennale Foundation. Mehta is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has been a nominator for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Creative Arts awards.

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