Sixteen Candles. Madonna. Neon blue and pink eyeshadow. Listening to Eye of the Tiger on loop. Unleashing an entire can of hairspray into your hair. So were the 1980s of American youth culture… but what about Argentine youth?
In its latest exhibit, Hubo un tiempo que fue hermoso, the Museum of the City of Buenos Aires (El Museo de la Ciudad) slaps on a pair of rose-colored glasses and examines the “beautiful time” that once was but has long gone. The exhibit opens today, June 13th, at 6 PM; the museum is located in the barrio of Monserrat. But don’t worry if you missed it – the exhibit will remain open until November 4th.
The exhibit takes a nostalgic stroll down memory lane and looks at the daily life of urban youth in Argentina from 1968 to 1988, through historical, artistic, and fashion lenses. It’s divided into three parts by time period, according to the museum website. The first period (1968-76) was heavily influenced by the French “May ’68” movement, hipster culture abroad, pacifism, and the emergence of political violence. The second period (1976-83) more so by the loss of freedoms due to Argentina’s military dictatorship, and the third period (1983-88) centered on the revival of democracy.
Whether you’re an Argentine eager to relive the poignant moments from your youth or a recent arrival curious about the cultural inheritance of your new city, it’s something you won’t want to miss.
The exhibit comes now to the museum as part of its annual “Crossing Narratives” (Narrativas Cruzadas) program, which has featured many incredible, dynamic collections in the past. The opening tonight is free and open to the public.
Museo de la Ciudad – Defensa 187 | June 13th through November 4th | Wednesdays to Mondays from 12 PM – 7 PM |
General Admission: AR $50 (Wednesdays are free) | More Info