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Andrea Zittel: Critical Space is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of Zittel’s work in North America. One of the most influential American artists to emerge in the last fifteen years, Zittel investigates contemporary life in Western societies. Her three-dimensional work draws on architecture and geography to explore the psychological, biological, and economic aspects of domestic and urban existence.

Andrea Zittel: Critical Space is co-organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency; the patrons, benefactors, and donors to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Major Exhibition Fund; and the Peter Norton Family Foundation. The accompanying catalogue has been made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston with additional support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Zittel researches, designs, and models her own domestic settings that serve as test cases for her experimental living structures. Her home environments and handcrafted “uniforms,” produced under the name “A-Z Administrative Services” emphasize the ways in which personal needs such as security, self-empowerment, intimacy, and comfort are fulfilled. The exhibition will include Living Units and Comfort Units, collapsing living stations that challenge ideas abour personal, professional, and domestic space; the complete line of Zittel’s handmade clothing series Uniform; and new work from Zittel’s desert studio A-Z West.

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Andrea Zittel: Critical Space