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Oregon Jewish Museum and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center invite designers, artists and makers of all backgrounds to propose contemporary responses to the traditional challenges of sukkah design.
A sukkah is a temporary dwelling – a domestic structure traditionally erected each fall in observance of the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. Jewish texts and tradition offer a rich and complex set of parameters for sukkah design and construction, which generate an explicitly fragile and permeable shelter. The sukkah poses ancient questions of protection, enclosure, transience, displacement and domestic space that remain highly relevant in 21st century art, craft and design.
Awardees of this juried competition will receive a supply budget of $400 to create and install their proposed sukkah on the grounds of the Oregon Jewish Museum or the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, OR. This deliberately modest budget is intended to promote thoughtful engagement with the ephemeral nature of the sukkah, and to encourage careful consideration of material consumption.
Proposals that employ recycled, salvaged or sustainable materials are encouraged.
All proposals should include a plan for the continued use of the sukkah or its component materials beyond the exhibition period.
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