Charles Riley

Charles Riley II is the director of the Nassau County Museum of Art, an arts journalist, curator and professor at Clarkson University. He graduated from Princeton and received his Phd from City College of New York. He is the author of thirty-two books on art, architecture and public policy. He recently published Free as Gods (University Press of New England) and he is now working on Rodin and his Circle (Chimei Museum, Taiwan).


Past Olios with Charles Riley


Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Venue: Nassau County Museum of Art

Teacher: Charles Riley

July 7, 2019, 2 p.m.

Painting the Apocalypse: Haring, Basquiat and the Eighties

Venue: The William Vale Hotel

Teacher: Charles Riley

May 30, 2019, 7 p.m.

Museum Trip | 'True Colors' Private Tour

Venue: Nassau County Museum of Art

Teacher: Charles Riley

Nov. 4, 2018, 2 p.m.

True Colors?: A Type of Bliss

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

Sept. 28, 2018, 7 p.m.

Members Only | Jazz Age Field Trip to Long Island

Venue: Nassau County Museum of Art

Teacher: Charles Riley

July 8, 2018, 2 p.m.

How Great is Gatsby?

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

June 8, 2018, 7 p.m.

*OlioMuse* In Search of Proust's Music: Recognizing the Musical Motif

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

Nov. 10, 2017, 7 p.m.

Better Art Through Censorship (Ban This Book)

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

Sept. 29, 2017, 7 p.m.

Free As Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists Take Center Stage

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

July 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

OlioNote Vol 2 Launch Weekend

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

April 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

The Secret Role of Zelda Fitzgerald: A Deeper Look at the Creative Life of a Jazz Age Legend

Venue: Strand Bookstore

Teacher: Charles Riley

April 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

Truth Tellers and Trouble Makers in Paris' Jazz Age - SOLD OUT!

Venue: Chandelier Creative

Teacher: Charles Riley

July 7, 2016, 7 p.m.

Unknown Genius: Nancy Cunard, the Jazz Age Flapper, Muse, & Poet

Venue: Chinatown Soup

Teacher: Charles Riley

March 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


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