Stumbling Upon Public Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina
You can’t throw a tango slipper in Buenos Aires without hitting a Botero, Rodin, or other grand piece of public art. Since you can’t see it all, choose one neighborhood and set out on foot and feast on what it has to offer. In barrio Balvenera, a ragged, flat iron sculpture of a young girl in scarecrow-pose casts a silhouette on an persimmon-colored wall leading to the Jewish Mutual Association, AMIA. A new building stands on the site where an unsolved 1994 terrorist bombing killed 85 people. The Association hosts free month-long exhibitions by Argentine artists in its gallery, El Espacio de Arte de AMIA. If your Spanish is up to speed, rent the documentary 18-j (July 18 was the date of the 1994 attack). Ten short films by ten Argentine filmmakers focus on eyewitness accounts of the tragedy.