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“How to Live?” Artist Andrea Zittel on the Experiment of Living, October 20 at Otis College of Art and Design

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Andrea Zittel

LOS ANGELES, CA – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department presents a public lecture by its 2016-2017 Critic-in-Residence, Andrea Zittel.

In 2000, Zittel established A-Z West in Joshua Tree, where she uses her life to develop and test prototypes for living structures and situations. Her explorations have led her examine furniture, clothing, food, and interiors, among others. Drawing from her own experiences, such as wearing a uniform for months on end, exploring limitations of living space, or living without measured time, she illustrates how we attribute significance to chosen ways of life and how arbitrary those choices can be.

In addition to her work at A-Z West, one of Zittel’s most visible projects in New York was A-Z East, a small row house in Brooklyn turned into a showroom for her prototypes for living. In 2002 Zittel helped co-found High Desert Test Sites, a series of experimental art sites in the High Desert that supports works by both emerging and established artists.

The Fine Arts' Critic-in-Residence fellowship has been in existence for fifteen years. Each year, an outstanding critic is invited to give a public lecture, and contribute to the cultural life of the campus and students. Previous speakers have included Graham Harman, Roberta Smith, Christopher Knight, Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Additional information is available at



Andrea Zittel: “How to Live?”

Thursday, October 20, 2016



Forum, Academic Building

Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90045



Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at