Known for sculptural installation and performance work that both reveals her creative process and activates her sites and objects, in the first weeks of the pandemic, Carmen Argote made her first film. She describes the 12-minute work, Last Light, as “a meditation on walking and memory in Los Angeles,” which is a very personal experiential scenario that also happens to reveal the eerie transformation of the city at a time when nearly everyone was staying home. Combining video and still images with a poetic voice-over, the story expresses a struggle to make sense of a sudden situation which felt like both a prelude and an aftermath at the same time. Copresented with Clockshop, the screening is followed by a Q&A with Carmen Argote and Hammer associate curator Erin Christovale, who has worked with Argote on the fantastic 2018 iteration of the Made In L.A. biennial exhibition. Hammer Museum; Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m.; free. hammer.ucla.edu.
Carmen Argote, Last Light (still), 2020 (Photo by Gina Clyne for Clockshop)