Shir Gal Kochavi

Shir Kochavi

Shir Kochavi
Shir Kochavi
Assistant Curator

Shir is an art historian with extensive expertise in provenance research and the history of collecting, regularly working and volunteering as a researcher in art institutions for over a decade. Her professional experience includes assistant positions in contemporary art and antiques galleries in Israel and in the UK, and at Christie's Auction House. She worked as a provenance researcher at the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets in Israel, where she cooperated with numerous museums and archives located all over the world. Since moving to the Bay Area, Shir took on a researcher position at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, worked as a Cultural Arts Director at the Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center and has been giving numerous lectures.  

In 2017, Shir received her PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, where she wrote her dissertation Salvage to Restitution: "Heirless" Jewish cultural property in Post-World War II. She holds a MA in The History of Business of Art and Collecting, from the Institut d’Etudes Superieures des Arts, Paris (2008) and a second MA in Law Studies from the Bar Ilan University, Israel (2012).  

Recently published papers:
- Artis On 7(2018) "Art and Power", pp. 67-77: The 1951 Diplomatic Gift: The Role of a German Eighteen Century Hanukkah  Lamp in Israeli-American Relations
- The International Journal of Art and Art History 3(1), pp.83-97: The Value of Objects: A Case Study in Material Culture (2015).]