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.
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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.