Chris Reitz

Assistant Professor, Head of Critical and Curatorial Studies Program, and Gallery Director


Chris Reitz is Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies and Gallery Director at the Hite Art Institute. His research focuses on transnational practices in art and exhibitions of the past 30 years, with a particular emphasis on art and the art market in the era of neoliberalism.

Professor Reitz has worked as a project manager at Public Art Fund in New York and as an independent curator. His most recent writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) inOctober, Texte zur Kunst, N+1The White ReviewPaper Monument, The Baffler, and Martin Kippenberger’s Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings. His first book project, currently underway, offers an analysis of Martin Kippenberger’s work in the context of the emerging neoliberal art market.

Professor Reitz serves as the Hite Art Institute’s primary curator, and in that capacity has organized solo exhibitions for Judy Chicago, Sanford Biggers, Sislej Xhafa, and For Freedoms, in addition to the group exhibition, Painting in the Network, Algorithm and Appropriation, which featured work by Gabriel Orozco, Cory Arcangel, Tabor Robak, Davis Rhodes, Laeh Glenn, and Siebren Versteeg.

Professor Reitz is also a member of Louisville’s Commission on Public Art and was appointed to the mayor’s commission tasked with making recommendations concerning Louisville’s contested monuments. For his work in service to the community he received the President’s Distinguished Faculty award in 2018.


Contemporary Art, Art and Exhibitions in the Era of Neoliberalism, The Art Market, Critical Theory

Course Offerings

CCS 547/647 Introduction to Critical and Curatorial Studies I, Graduate Seminar
CCS 548/648 Introduction to Critical and Curatorial Studies II, Graduate Seminar
CCS 649 Curatorial Internship

Selected Exhibitions

“New Monuments: Sanford Biggers; Laocoon,” Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville KY. May 4-July 2, 2016.
“Blind Contours,” Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY. April 1-May 21, 2016.
“Judy Chicago: Fire Works,” Cressman Center for Visual Arts. February 18-April 16, 2016
“Play:,Irgin Sena, Oliver Michaels, and Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris. March 20-April 11, 2009.
“Xaviera Simmons; Bronx as Studio,” Public Art Fund, New York. June 2-20th, 2008.