Director’s Seminars


with Charles A. Riley, II Ph.D.
4:00 pm
All sessions $100 Members, $150 Non-Members;
Per session $30 Members, $40 Non-Members

Gallery talk followed by refreshments in the Director’s office, a four-part seminar on color and culture.

Color vs. Line

Tuesday, September 11

Throughout art history, artists can be divided into two camps: color and line. Starting with Titian, considered the origin of Western colorism, we trace the emergence of color as the primary source of artistic creation in the Impressionists, Fauves, Abstract Expressionists, Color Field painters and through today’s hottest talents working in such media as light and digital media.

Making vs. Matching

Tuesday, September 25

Does an artist’s use of color start with an ideal and later respond to the tones of nature, or vice versa? A close look at the paintings, artist’s writings and critical texts (including Matisse, Rothko, Motherwell and Albers) that separate the colors that are made (abstraction) from those that match the world outside (mimesis).

Sights vs. Sounds

Tuesday, October 16

Color in music and theater often corresponds to visual theories of color, as in the close correlation between the paintings of Kandinsky and the orchestral works of his close friend Arnold Schoenberg, or Scriabin, Berlioz, Wagner and Liszt. We will listen for the musical versions of harmony, dissonance, intervals and composition.

The Palette vs. the Chart

Tuesday, October 30

Exploring the meanings of color symbolism not just in art but in psychology, literature philosophy and the worlds of film and fashion. Understanding the colors of the mind from Aristotle and Goethe through Wittgenstein, Jung, Freud and Joyce.

Director’s Gallery Talk

Sunday, September 16

with Charles A. Riley, Ph.D.
3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Join our Museum Director, Charles A. Riley, Ph.D. for a lively and informative tour of this exciting exhibition.

Exploring the New York Art World: Director’s Manhattan Tours

with Charles A. Riley, II, Ph.D.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Per tour: $30 Members; $40 Non-Members


Thursday, October 4

We wind our way through the byways of Chelsea, the greatest concentration of Contemporary art galleries on the globe, with stops at Gagosian, Mary Boone, Pace, Matthew Marks, Zwirner and other galleries. The tour starts at Gagosian Gallery 522 West 21st Street.

Upper East Side

Wednesday, October 24

Join the director for the ultimate insider’s experience of the swank townhouses along the Upper East Side, including world-class exhibitions at Levy-Gorvy, Gagosian, Helly Nehmad and other galleries, conversations with collectors and dealers and, to end the tour, a private preview and wine reception at Boers-Li with artist Zhang Wei, one of the most significant figures in recent Chinese art history.

About Charles A. Riley, Ph.D.


Before becoming Director, Dr. Riley has had a long association with the Museum as both a curator-at-large and a presenter of lectures in conjunction with the Museum's exhibitions. As a curator, he contributed to the museum’s Picasso, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionists exhibitions, Dr. Riley has also curated exhibitions in Taiwan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Lausanne, New York and on Long Island.

Recently, Dr. Riley published his latest book, "Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism," bringing the number of books he's authored to 32. Other books include "The Jazz Age in France," "The Art of Peter Max," "Art at Lincoln Center," "The Arts and the World Economy," "Color Codes" and "The Saints of Modern Art." His next book, a study of Rodin in Chinese and English, will be published by the Chimei Museum. Dr. Riley's monographs include those on Ben Schonzeit, Fritz Bultman and Peter Max, with most published by Abrams.

As a sought after guest commentator on the art market as well as other topics, Dr. Riley has appeared on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News.

Born and raised in Manhasset, Dr. Riley is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and received his Ph.D. from The Graduate Center of CCNY. He and his wife, Dr. Keming Liu, a noted translator of Chinese poetry and a professor at CUNY, live in New York and Cutchogue on the North Fork.


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