On the Grid: a look at settlement patterns in the high desert

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Mar 11 2017 - Jun 26 2017

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs, CA

Coinciding with the inaugural Desert X exhibition, the museum presents an installation by Joshua Tree-based artist Andrea Zittel that investigates the unique development of the high desert. Featuring Lay of My Land—a large-scale sculptural representation of A-Z West, the artist’s 35-acre testing grounds for living—as well as a Wallsprawl wallpaper and a billboard, On the Grid explores the history of western expansion. To complement Zittel’s installation, historical materials, maps, and photographs enhance the story of high desert land settlement, along with optional tours to A-Z West. More information about the tours is coming soon. 

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

Whether or not you go, Andrea Zittel Critical Space is the first comprehensive publication on the influential contemporary artist Andrea Zittel. It focuses on the experimental nature of her signature objects, inhabitable sculptures and other projects. In her work as an artist, Zittel investigates domestic and urban life in Western societies. Exploring the various aspects of living, the artist designs her own household settings to serve as a test case for her experimental living structures. Her work has provoked debates about the changed meaning of domestic and collective space and the possibilities for new adaptations to urban conditions today. Richly illustrated, Andrea Zittel Critical Space includes nearly two hundred reproductions of Zittel's works of art, many of which are published here for the first time. The book includes over one hundred sculptures and drawings, documentation of early work and recent site-specific work in the Mojave Desert of California. With essays that touch on urbanism, architecture, design and consumer culture, this catalogue offers an extensive analysis of Zittel's contribution to contemporary trends in art and architecture.

Andrea Zittel Critical Space

  • Installation
  • American
  • Contemporary
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Andrea Zittel

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