Home EXTRA EXTRA! News April 26: Phoenix Art Museum and VOSJCC Partner to Present Nazi-Looted Art Expert in Community Event


Phoenix Art Museum and Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC) have partnered to present a community presentation by David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and founder of the internationally-renowned Schorr Collection, one of the most important collections of Old Master and 19th-century European paintings in the United Kingdom.

The event, which will be hosted at the VOSJCC on April 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will also feature remarks by Hannah Lewis, a Holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Schorr Collection. David Lewis will speak on his work in identifying, locating and restoring looted works of art to families, as well as his personal experiences as a survivor, and their unique perspectives on the UK’s Jewish community in 2017. Tickets to the community lecture and discussion are offered at $10 to the general public, and $5 for members of Phoenix Art Museum or VOSJCC. 

“At Phoenix Art Museum, we are excited to partner with Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center to present this important and meaningful opportunity to our community,” said Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum. “We are honored to host David and Hannah Lewis, and to learn from their personal experiences, both through important work in restoring these artworks to their rightful homes and their passion and dedication for supporting arts and culture. They serve as role models for the ways in which arts and culture can connect diverse communities and ultimately teach us more about ourselves.”

“The Valley of the Sun JCC prides itself on being a true center of the community, offering quality programs such as this one for both The J and community members,” says Kim Subrin, chief operations officer of The J. “The work David Lewis has done in recovering art looted by the Nazis is of great importance to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Tickets to this event can be purchased here.