Director’s Programs

Director’s Gallery Talks

with Charles A. Riley II, PhD
Sunday, 3:00 pm
September 8, November 3
Free with Museum admission

Director’s NYC Tours

with Charles A. Riley II, PhD
D1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session

Thursday, September 12
Upper East Side Gallery Tour

The high-toned Upper East Side is a gallery neighborhood of sophistication and surprises, tucked away in townhouses along tree-lined streets between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Join the Director as he “shops” for the upcoming shows at such distinguished galleries as Gagosian, Levy/Gorvy, Yoshii, Acquavella, Boers-Li, Mnuchin and others. Meet at Levy/Gorvy Gallery, 909 Madison Ave. at 73rd St.

Tuesday, November 5
Auction House Preview

The art world gathers in New York each season for the big spenders to compete in the pursuit of multi-million-dollar masterpieces of Twntieth Century Week. We go behind the scenes at Christie’s in their lavish showrooms to preview some of the highlights of the major fall sales, including works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Calder and others. Meet at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza.

Director’s Seminar Series:
Where Art Meets Science

with Charles A. Riley II, PhD
Tuesday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session
Limited to 25 per session

September 24
Leonardo da Vinci, Scientist

We begin with the amazingly prophetic scientific writings of Leonardo together with his uncanny drawings and paintings of waves, clouds, storms and scientific instruments. In all of art history, no mind was more attuned to the energy of the universe.

October 15
Energy on Canvas:Van Gogh to Today

From Van Gogh’s Starry Night to the pulsing pointillism of Seurat, the “photograms” of Man Ray, the frenetic webs of Jackson Pollock (“my work is energy made visible”), the wild Einsteinian fantasies of James Rosenquist, we review the moments in art history that are fueled by a fascination with light, power and physics.

October 29
The Body Electric

Extending the scope of the discussion from art to medicine, philosophy and the history of science, we use string theory and the body’s own electric currents to consider the ways in which energy is the basis not just of art, but thought.

About Charles A. Riley, II PhD


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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