Arizona Jewish Historical Society Hosts Opening Reception For “The Art of Ira Moskowitz”

Ira-MoskowitzArizona Jewish Historical Society will hold an opening reception for The Art of Ira Moskowitz: The Torah Series and Story of David Lithographs, Sunday, April 17, at 2pm. The free reception will feature a discussion (“My Father’s Passion”) with Diana Gordon, the artist’s daughter.

Ira Moskowitz, descendant of a long rabbinical line, was born in Poland in 1912, went with his family to Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, and then to New York City. There Moskowitz became the pupil of Henry Wickey at the Art Students League. Subsequently he traveled to Israel and Europe where he studied the works of the old masters.

After receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship, Moskowitz became a member of the Taos-Sante Fe artists group drawing Southwest subjects. Moskowitz divided his time between Paris and New York until his death in 2001. He was a superb draughtsman in the old tradition, drawing with an incisive line that is extremely lively and full of movement.

Ira Moskowitz collaborated with Isaac Bashevis Singer in The Hasidim, an aesthetic and spiritual interplay of drawings and text. He has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, National Academy of Design, Carnegie Institute, Los Angeles Museum of Art and elsewhere.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum of Congregation Beth Israel. Support for this exhibit is provided by the Benjamin Goldberg Charitable Trust, the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum and Diana and Murray Gordon.

The exhibit ends August 18. General admission for exhibit is $5 (students, military, survivors and AZJHS Members, free).

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 East Culver Street in Downtown Phoenix. To R.S.V.P. for the opening reception, send an email to For additional information, visit

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