Mel Alexenberg’s painting Miami Beach Eruv in the "Shaping Community" exhibition at Yale University Art Galleries shows a generic Art Deco hotel on Ocean Drive with the cord of the Miami Beach eruv hovering over it. The Miami Beach eruv encircling the island city is the largest environmental sculpture in North America. It is also kinetic art that transforms itself in seven day cycles and participatory art that shapes community.
Texts describing the Miami Beach eruv are published in the Yale exhibition catalog, my paper “Eruv as Conceptual and Kinetic Art” in the Visualizing the Eruv issue of Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Vol. 5, 2011, and my website www.melalexenberg.com
Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv
An exhibition exploring a Jewish spatial practice
Yale University Art Galleries
Curated by Margaret Olin