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The article begins with a description of the work-of-art/event Tucumán Arde [Tucumán is Burning] that was held at the headquarters of the CGT (Confederacón General del Trabajo de los Argentinos [General Confederation of Labor of the Argentine people). The event was staged on the ground floor, on the stairs, and on the 1st, 2nd, and 9th floors of the Graphics Federation of Buenos Aires, on the Paseo Colón, in Buenos Aires. The article quotes extensively from the manifestos and statements of the Buenos Aires artists. It also quotes from the speeches delivered at the opening of the event by Raimundo Ongaro, the CGT Secretary General, and by I can’t find a first name for Torres on InternetTorres, who represented the petroleum committee that was on strike. It also includes one of the very few photos taken of the Buenos Aires exhibition, which was closed just a few hours after the opening ceremony when the labor union came under pressure from the Government.  


Tucumán Arde, the best-known group event ever produced by the avant-garde of both Buenos Aires and Rosario, took place in 1968, when radical political and artistic unrest came to a head in various parts of the world. The event involved a complex combination of research, counter-information, and a massive public awareness campaign. CGT was the official weekly journal of the CGT de los Argentinos [CGT of the Argentine people]?the labor union that opposed the dictatorship of Lieutenant General Juan Carlos Onganía (1966-70). Under the direction of Rodolfo Walsh, the writer and journalist, this organ published several articles, in three successive issues, that covered the opening of the exhibition in Buenos Aires.

Ana Longoni
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
CeDInCI, Buenos Aires, Argentina.