There is a wonderful piece in the exhibition by Alan Wexler that is a Gardening Shed/Sukkah (pictured above)! With this being Sukkot, listen to Alan Wexler, one of the artists of the exhibition, speak with JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen about the meaning of Sukkot and Sukkah building. This video with other artists from the exhibition are also available in the gallery. You can look at the art and then listen to the artist talking about the work on our “video labels.”
(The video above is from the set of videos that The Jewish Museum, New York has contributed to the amazing multi-media repository created by our friends at the Indianapolis Museum of Art called artbabble.)
We would love to hear how these works help you better think about Sukkot and the other ways we all reinvent ritual. Reinventing Ritual closes next weekend, so be sure to see it before it’s gone.
During Sukkot, we eat a meal and even sleep in the Sukkah, the wooden structure you build that commemorates the type of temporary structures that the Israelites set up in the dessert while wandering for 40 years after leaving Egypt. There is a great Sukkah competition going on in New York this year during Sukkot: http://www.sukkahcity.com. The winners were just announced and their proposals are stunning. There was an impressive jury for the competition including Maira Kalman, whose retrospective is on view until the end of October at the CJM.