Why do we choose to live the way we do? This is the question at the core of artist Andrea Zittel's work. Zittel, the Fine Arts' 2016-2017 Critic-in-Residence will address these issues in 'How to Live?", a public lecture on October 20, 2016, at 7:30pm at Otis College of Art and Design.
In 2000, Zittel established A-Z West in Joshua Tree, where she uses her own experiences, such as wearing a uniform for months on end, exploring limitations of living space, or living without measured time, to illustrate how we attribute significance to chosen ways of life and how arbitrary those choices can be. "I find it is rare to look at an artwork and have a new take on the way that the world works," said Zittel in an interview for BOMB magazine. "Good art, I think, creates this kind of experience. When I see a really good piece of art, I get goosebumps because I am experiencing an instant of altered perception."
Her explorations have led her to examine furniture, clothing, food, and interiors, among others. Her latest show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York featured interior sets that were replicated exactly as their counterparts in the artist's home. "Humans don’t organize the space; space is meant to organize the human, which is another way of acknowledging the power of the desert landscape directly outside," Alan Gilbert wrote for Art Agenda. "Zittel makes sites within sites, which is a form of theater."
For the past fifteen years, the Fine Arts' Critic-in-Residence fellowship has invited outstanding critics to give a public lecture and contribute to the cultural life of the campus community. Previous speakers have included Graham Harman, Roberta Smith, Christopher Knight, Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others.
Andrea Zittel- “How to Live?”
7:30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Otis College of Art and Design
Free and open to the public
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