ISWASWILLBE and Paintings by Geoffrey Laurence April 3 – August 4, 2016 in Colorado


Video: A conversation with artist Geoffrey Laurence

& curator Simon Zalkind

IsWasWillBe Holocaust Painting by Geoffrey Laurence
IsWasWillBe by Geoffrey Laurence

One of the most powerful exhibits at  are the works of Geoffrey Laurence, which he has generously shared online for many years. If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, you can see his work live. The above video includes a discussion with Geoffrey in Colorado.

The exhibit is hosted by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, supported by the Mizel Museum. All the Following content is from the exhibit site, please visit for more information.

ISWASWILLBE Holocaust Paintings by Geoffrey Laurence Exhibit

“Art can illuminate traumatic experience in ways that are non-narrative and not necessarily bound to historical veracity as well as in ways that are polyvalent, metaphorical, ambiguous and elusive. With regard to the inconceivable enormity of the Holocaust and its effects on the children of survivors – the generation of “post-memory” –  what role can art play in both the preservation of memory and the mediation of the trauma which they have inherited?

To see the paintings in Geoffrey Laurence’s Holocaust Series, is to respond with a gut-wrenching recognition of their “genuineness” – their capacity as art to tell the truth with consummate aesthetic and emotional restraint. Laurence’s astonishing technical bravura does not overwhelm or “aestheticize” the profound impact of the work. They are in equal measure both dazzling and devastating.”


Exhibit Opening Sunday April 3rd from 3:00-6:00pm
Conversation with Curator Simon Zalkind & Geoffrey Laurence at5:00pm

Fulginiti Pavilion Gallery
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13080 E. 19th Ave.  Aurora, CO  80045

Co-sponsored by the Mizel Museum, Denver.


American bioethicist and author of “When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust.”
May 2nd at noon at the Fulginiti Pavilion in Aurora.
May 2nd at 7:00pm at the Wolf Theater, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver.

All events are free and open to the public.

View the Exhibition Brochure.     The Holocaust Series book is available on the artist’s website.