Food Material
Carmen Argote & Andrea Gyorody
June 28, 2020

We are so pleased to welcome you to the second installment of our new series, Food Material, where artists and food practitioners share ingredients and material on their minds and in their lives, diving deep into their histories and meaning today. These conversations in the kitchen (and sometimes studio) will also include friends and special guests, addressing how ingredients can take us from cooking-in-quarantine to questions of scarcity or accessibility, as well as the confluence of cooking and art-making.

On July 28, artist Carmen Argote and curator Andrea Gyorody connected online to discuss Carmen's newest film and printed works, and the metabolic, reflective process of "digesting the city" through her walking. Carmen has often used food as material in her practice; in this conversation she articulates the unexpected nexus of conditions underlying and informing her current projects, which bring together the mundane and the celestial; waste and language; energy and digestion.

You can visit Argote's three-part project in Los Angeles in-person and online:
Glove Hand Dog at Commonwealth and Council
Hand Dog Glove and the film, Last Light, at Clockshop
Dog Glove Hand at Stairwell Gallery

Food Material is an ongoing series that explores how foodways provide a window into our most fundamental beliefs about cultural expression, equity, environmental sustainability, and ourselves. Like all of AC's current programs, Food Material is digital only until we can gather in person again.

Image: From the exhibition Glove Hand Dog, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo by Carmen Argote.


Carmen Argote is a Los Angeles-based artist, whose recent solo exhibitions have been held at Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin (2020); New Museum, New York (2019); PAOS, Guadalajara, Mexico (2019); Ballon Rouge Collective, Istanbul, Turkey (2019) and New York (2018); Instituto de Vision, Bogota, Colombia (2018); Panel LA, Los Angeles (2017); and MAK Center for Art and Architecture (2015). Argote has been featured in group exhibitions at SculptureCenter, New York (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017); Ballroom Marfa, TX (2017); and Denver Art Museum, CO (2017). She is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2019); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2019); Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant (2015); and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2013).

Andrea Gyorody is the Ellen Johnson '33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College. Her exhibition Afterlives of the Black Atlantic (2019-20), co-curated with Matthew Francis Rarey, received a 2020 Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators. Other recent exhibitions include Forms Larger and Bolder: Eva Hesse Drawings (2019-20), co-curated with Barry Rosen; and THE RENDERING (H X W X D =), a major commission by Barbara Bloom for the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Gyorody has previously held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, and Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. A specialist in twentieth- and twenty-first-century European and American art, her writing has appeared in Artforum, Hyperallergic, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, and The Art of War (Peter Lang, 2017), and she currently serves as editor of Digest, the online publication of the LA-based organization Active Cultures. She received a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She is currently developing exhibitions and programs on intersections of art and food; Hannah Wilke and the decay of latex-based sculpture; and resurgent modes of Surrealism in contemporary art.