Remembering Silent Voices

Barbara Shilo (1923-2015) left an exceptional legacy behind, including the historic exhibit she created called Silent Voices Speak, a depiction of the Nazi Holocaust in 16 full color images. Silent Voices Speak celebrated its 15th Anniversary on April 16, 2016, and with a little help from POBA is now permanently located at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley. In addition to this evocative collection, Barbara also created more than 120 drawn works that convey her unique perspective and imaginative style. See Barbara’s works on POBA, or to learn more about Silent Voices Speak, and The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

POBA assisted Barbara’s family in navigating the steps from “being overwhelmed to legacy preservation” over the course of a year. This included general consultation on her creative legacy; creating an inventory and catalog of Barbara’s works; professionally photographing and digitizing the collections; establishing informal values for an estate sale; conducting the donation appraisal needed to transfer the Silent Voices Speak collection to the Magnes Center; and creating the portfolios of Barbara’s works on POBA. We learned so much about the remarkable and profound perspective Barbara had on life and art, and hope visitors to POBA will as well.