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This document, produced by the Centro de Arte y Comunicación [Art and Communication Center], is a collection of statements issued by a variety of representatives of international cultural organizations. They were addressed to the president of the republic, General Alejandro Agustín Lanusse, in response to the closure and seizure of the CAyC al aire libre [CAyC in the Open Air] exhibition by city authorities, with the support of the police force, three days after it opened. 


In 1968, the Centro de Estudios de Arte y Comunicación [Center for Art and Communications Studies (CEAC)] was created, which, shortly after its first public event at the Galería Bonino (August–September 1969), changed its name to Centro de Arte y Comunicación [Art and Communications Center (CayC)]. Always led by Jorge Glusberg as director and theoretician, the CAyC sponsored several different artists throughout its time. In 1971, the Grupo de los Trece [Group of the Thirteen] was created, made up of Jacques Bedel, Luis Benedit, Gregorio Dujovny, Carlos Gizburg, Víctor Grippo, Jorge González Mir, Vicente Marotta, Luís Pazos, Alfredo Portillos, Juan Carlos Romero, Julio Teich, Horacio Zabala, Alberto Pellegrino, and Jorge Glusberg. Later on, some artists moved on while others were included; in 1975, the CayC Group included the participation of Bedel, Benedit, Grippo, Portillos, and Glusberg.

As part of the interdisciplinary action that the CayC intended since inception in 1969 (“Qué es el CEAC” [What is the CEAC], during the Primera Muestra del Centro de Estudios de Arte y Comunicación de la Fundación de Investigación Interdisciplinaria presentada en la Galería Bonino de Buenos Aires, [First Exhibition of the Center of Art and Communication Studies of the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research presented at the Bonino Gallery in Buenos Aires] August–September 1969), the organization of courses and seminars taught by acknowledged intellectuals gets started. Beginning in 1973, with the founding of the Escuela de Altos Estudios [School of Advanced Studies] of the CAyC, this type of activity fell under their scope.

CAyC al Aire Libre [CAyC in the Open Air] or Arte e Ideología, CAyC al Aire Libre [Art and Ideology, CAyC in the Open Air] (Plaza Roberto Arlt) was one of the three parts of the Arte de Sistemas II [Systems Art II] exhibition that was held in Buenos Aires in September 1972). The other two were Arte de Sistemas Internacional [Systems Art International] (Museo de Arte Moderno) and Arte de Sistemas Argentina [Systems Art Argentina] (Centro de Arte y Comunicación).

Natalia Pineau.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Biblioteca del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.