Annual Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The Lotos Club

The American Friends of Museums in Israel’s Annual Cocktail Reception & Dinner was held at the Lotos Club, in Manhattan. David Genser, Chairman, presented the renowned artist Li Chen with the American Friends' Outstanding Achievements in the Sculptural Arts Award. To commemorate the occasion, Li Chen gifted the American Friends with the stunning sculptures, Ephemeral Beauty and Reverberance.

Maya Dvash, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon and Yotam Yakir, General Director of Haifa Museums gave presentations about their respective museums. Maya Dvash spoke about the recent exhibition at the museum Game Changer, which challenged visitors to question how gender is expressed and presented in design. She also introduced the new exhibitions opening later this year Color and War Heroines, Fashion And Hope During World War II.

Yotam Yakir's presentation took the audience on a walk-through beautiful Haifa with virtual stops at each of Haifa's six museums. He spoke of the many new programs developed for children, families and visitors at the museums as well as the ever-changing exhibitions on display.  

A video message from Eilat Lieber, Director & Chief Curator, Tower of David Jerusalem Museum, was played. Due to conflicts in scheduling Eilat was unable to attend in person, but her message to the American Friends was another highlight of the evening. She spoke of the new Entrance Pavilion at the museum as well as the brand-new contemporary art gallery, the only one of its kind in the Old City.

The Annual Reception & Dinner helps to support important work the American Friends does including recognizing, promoting, and honoring our outstanding partner museums in Israel by providing exhibition, program, project and financial support through the generosity of our donors. Our widely diverse eight partner museums in Israel include Design Museum Holon; Haifa City Museum, Haifa Museum of Art, Hermann Struck Museum, Mané-Katz Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art; and the Tower of David Jerusalem Museum.

Photos by Parker Calvert.