with Charles A. Riley, II Ph.D.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
with Charles A. Riley, II, Ph.D.
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Per tour: $30 Members; $40 Non-Members
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.
We shift our attention to the quietly luxurious Upper East Side gallery scene for the refined pleasures of Old Master, Modernist and Contemporary masterworks presented in the townhouses of such galleries as Mnuchin, Levy-Gorvy, Gagosian, Yoshii and many others. The tour starts at Mnuchin Gallery 45 East 78th Street.
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.