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Andrea Zittel


A wide shot of a small architectural shelter with a bed located next to boulders. Mountains are in the distance.

Thursday, September 23, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
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Open to the public
Free of charge

Andrea Zit­tel​’s sculp­tures and instal­la­tions trans­form every­thing nec­es­sary for life — eat­ing, sleep­ing, bathing, and social­iz­ing — into art­ful exper­i­ments in liv­ing. Blur­ring the lines between life and art, Zit­tel’s projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wear­ing a sin­gle out­fit every day for an entire sea­son, and con­stantly remod­el­ing her home to suit chang­ing demands and inter­ests, Zit­tel con­tin­u­ally rein­vents her rela­tion­ship to her domes­tic and social envi­ron­ment. Influ­enced by Mod­ernist design and archi­tec­ture from the early twen­ti­eth cen­tury, the artist’s one-woman mock orga­ni­za­tion, A – Z Admin­is­tra­tive Ser­vices, devel­ops fur­ni­ture, homes, and vehi­cles for con­tem­po­rary con­sumers with a sim­i­lar sim­plic­ity and atten­tion to order. Seek­ing to attain a sense of free­dom through struc­ture, Zit­tel is more inter­ested in reveal­ing the human need for order than in pre­scrib­ing a sin­gle uni­fy­ing design prin­ci­ple or style.

Zittel’s most recent body of work con­sists of cre­at­ing struc­tural fur­ni­ture pieces in pla­nar con­fig­u­ra­tions. These pieces make use of flat sur­faces and right angles in min­i­mal shapes and with a lim­ited color palette. Her fur­ni­ture pieces often fea­ture many of her other works, such as weav­ings and wool tapes­tries which give warmth to the harsh­ness of steel and aluminum.

Zit­tel’s work has been exhib­ited inter­na­tion­ally in gal­leries, muse­ums, and bien­nales includ­ing the New Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (NYC), the Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (CA), San Fran­cisco Museum of Mod­ern Art (CA), Museum of Mod­ern Art, Guggen­heim Museum (NYC), and the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art, among oth­ers. She is also co-orga­nizer of High Desert Test Sites, a non-profit that sup­ports exper­i­men­tal art projects in the Joshua Tree region.

Note: This is a spe­cial archival release of con­tent that has never before been shared online.

How to Watch

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event will pre­mière on Sep­tem­ber 23, 2021 at 8pm and can be viewed on this page, at dptv​.org, or on the Penny Stamps Series Face­book page.

Pre­sented with sup­port from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art (UMMA), Insti­tute for the Human­i­ties, and Detroit Cre­ative Cor­ri­dor Cen­ter (DC3). Our Fall 2021 Series is brought to you with the sup­port of our part­ners, Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion and PBS Books.