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This article reports on the closure of the CAyC al Aire Libre [CAyC in the Outside] exhibition by order of the municipal authorities of the city of Buenos Aires. It explains that the arguments presented to justify the closure were based on a view that “artistic expression has become distorted and subversive.” The article also mentions the opinion of Law & Order, which said “that political demonstrations by citizens are not only not forbidden, they are protected by law” so that the “intent to disturb the public order . . . has been ruled out.”


The Centro de Estudios de Arte y Comunicación [Center for Art and Communication Studies (CEAC)] was founded in 1968. Shortly after its first public event at the Galería Bonino in August–September of 1969, its name was changed to Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAyC). Over time and under the leadership of its director and theoretician, Jorge Glusberg (1934-2012), the CAyC sponsored a number of artists. The Grupo de los Trece [Group of Thirteen] was created in 1971, and included Jacques Bedel, Luis [Fernando] Benedit, Gregorio Dujovny, Carlos Ginzburg, Víctor Grippo, Jorge González Mir, Vicente Marotta, Luis Pazos, Alfredo Portillos, Juan Carlos Romero, Julio Teich, Horacio Zabala, Alberto Pellegrino, and Glusberg himself. After a time, some of the original artists left the group and others joined, and Bedel, Benedit, Grippo, Portillos, and Glusberg formed the Grupo CAyC about 1975.

As part of the interdisciplinary activities that were among the CAyC’s earliest priorities after it was founded in1969 (“Qué es el CEAC?”, Primera muestra del Centro de Estudios de Arte y Comunicación de la Fundación de Investigación Interdisciplinaria presentada en la Galería Bonino de Buenos Aires [“What does CEAC mean?”, First exhibition by the Foundation of Interdisciplinary Research Center for Art and Communication Studies presented at the Galería Bonino in Buenos Aires] in August–September, 1969), the Center began to organize courses and seminars taught by well-known scholars. In 1973, the CAyC’s Escuela de Altos Estudios [CAyC School of Advanced Studies] was founded as an umbrella for activities of this kind.

CAyC al Aire Libre [CAyC in the Outside] or Arte e Ideología, CAyC al Aire Libre [Art and Ideology, CAyC in the Outside] (Plaza Roberto Arlt, Buenos Aires) 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.