While honoring the legacy of Los Angeles, the exhibit focused on the Sukkot tradition of symbolically inviting seven exalted guests into the sukkah (known in Aramaic as Ushpizin), representing the seven shepherds of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. According to tradition, each night a different guest enters the sukkah followed by the other six.
Some streams of Judaism also recognize a set of seven female shepherds of Israel, which are Identified with the seven prophetesses of Judaism: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Hulda, and Esther. Each of the ushpizin has a unique lesson to teach the parallels and the spiritual focus of the day on which they visit.
The Ushpizin of the Silver Screen was a collaboration of Reboot and Holocaust Museum LA, made possible with the generous support of CANVAS. The work was part of the national project – Dwelling in a Time of Plagues – which makes new outdoor art possible at museum sites, with organizational support from the Council of American Jewish Museums. To learn more about this exhibit, visit Jewish Journal and Hyperallergic.