Please join us Saturday, February 2 at 5PM for a special evening dedicated to the joy of collecting art. The Women of St. Matthew’s are thrilled to welcome art experts, Laura and Lewis Kruger. They will host an informative discussion about their lifelong passion for collecting art.
Laura Kruger is Curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York and a specialist in contemporary fine art. As the founder and president of the Kruger Gallery, New York (1974-1989), Ms. Kruger featured contemporary artists working in the métier of jewelry. In 1991 she founded The American Guild of Jewish Art, a membership organization for professional Jewish artists. In 2004, she served as the co-chair of the CAJM annual conference in New York City. She is the chair of the Art Committee for UJA-Federation, New York.
Laura has curated over 120 fine art exhibitions and contributed to numerous catalogues. Among the exhibitions that continue to travel throughout the country are; Judy Chicago/Jewish Identity, Tobi Kahn: Avoda-Objects of the Spirit, Archtype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in Contemporary Art, Living in the Moment: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time and The Art of Aging, Aliza Olmert: Tikkun, and Waldsee 1944.
Ms. Kruger serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including ArtTable, The American Craft Museum, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum, Greenwich House Pottery, and Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center.
Lewis has a long and distinguished legal career including serving as counsel to the Governor of New York, the United States senate committee on the Judiciary, and serving on the United nations committee on trade law.
Inspired by Professors Deknatel and Freedberg at Harvard in the 1950s, Lewis became enthralled by artists ability to change our lives. A collector for the last 60 years, Lewis has taught classes in art and art law at NYU and Harvard and in England at Oxford and Cambridge. He has represented artists Man Ray, and Judy Chicago, for example and galleries and dealers. Lewis has been on the Board of the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle for the last 30 years. He has chaired the Board for 8 of those years and serves as the museums counsel.