Holocaust Art

What does it mean to be human? Can human suffering be healed through art? This seminar explores the art of the Holocaust: art that expresses seemingly inexpressible suffering and art that seeks to heal. Students will gain the capacity to think reflectively about human trauma and how humans engage in healing through an artistic process. A specific focus is given to the art and architecture of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Faculty: Cheri Buxman - Fine Arts

Dates Offered

January 18, 2018
March 8, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Virtual Gallery Tour: Explore more art of the Holocaust in this online exhibit from Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem.

  • Movie night: The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a special US military unit assigned to find and protect millions of works of art plundered by the NAZIs. Woman in Gold is based on the true story of Maria Altmann’s legal quest to regain her family’s art, stolen by the NAZIs and held by the Austrian government.

  • Day trip: The Mizel Museum in Denver promotes social justice by connecting universal Jewish values to the larger world.

Why Study Holocaust Art?

During their capstone trip to the East coast, the eighth-grade class will visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. This seminar provides preparation and context for the trip through study of the architecture and permanent exhibits of the Holocaust museum.