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Sukkah Model

Sukkah Model

Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs and Table (Study for Sukkah)

Allan Wexler (American, b. 1949)
New York, United States, 1988
  • Basswood
  • 6 3/4 x 8 x 7 in. (17.1 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund, 1998-86
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Sukkah Model

Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs and Table (Study for Sukkah)

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Dining Room with Walls as Projections of Chairs and Table (Study for Sukkah)

CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • What unusual or surprising things do you notice about this structure?

  • Do you think this is a model of a building that was meant to be built? Why or why not? Why would an artist design a building that is not meant to be built?

  • Wexler titled this model Dining Building with Furniture Touching Earth and Sky (study for "Sukkah"). What do you think the title means? How does the title help explain the design?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to examine this piece, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:

  • What do you think this model has to do with the holiday of Sukkot?

  • Sukkot was originally an agricultural holiday that celebrated the fall harvest. But most of us today are not farmers. Is it still important to celebrate the harvest? Why?

  • Wexler built his sukkah model out of basswood, a relatively soft and light wood. If you were building a sukkah, what materials would you use? Why? What factors would influence your decision?