Indy Island

Andrea Zittel, American, b. 1965, Indy Island 2010, fiberglass, foam, mixed media. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

About 20 feet in diameter, Indy Island was conceived as an experimental living structure that examined the daily needs of contemporary human beings during a summer. From summers 2010 to 2013, the island was occupied by commissioned residents who adapted and modified the island’s structures to suit their individual needs.

Read Zittel's statement on her project.


Project Documentation

About the Artist

Andrea Zittel (b. 1965) lives and works in Joshua Tree, California. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1990, and a BFA with honors from San Diego State University. She has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art at Altria and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. Zittel has been included in numerous group shows at institutions such as Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy, and the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. She has received awards such as the AICA Award for Best Architecture or Design Show in 2007, the College Art Association Distinguished Body of Work Award in 2006, and the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2005. Zittel has been the subject of a number of monographic works, and has been included in numerous exhibition catalogues and other publications.