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60 Minutes or Less: Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ explained

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Updated: May 16, 2013 6:45AM

What: The Chicago Opera Theater is setting its upcoming production of Astor Piazzolla’s “María de Buenos Aires” during Argentina’s so-called Dirty War in 1976-83. During this tumultuous time, the country was ruled by repressive military juntas, and at least 30,000 people are believed to have “disappeared,” with thousands more tortured and abused.

Gregorio Luke, a Latin-American art expert and a member of the cast, will discuss the art and politics of the Dirty War during a Wednesday evening lecture titled “The ‘Desaparecidos’ and María de Buenos Aires.” The event will be followed by excerpts from the opera production.

Insider’s take: “I’m going to be providing the historical context.” Luke said. “I’m going to be talking about what happened and the horrible reality that the Argentinians had to face. This, of course, is a much larger problem. In the 1970s, there were military dictatorships supported by the U.S. installed in many Latin American countries. But in Argentina, the Dirty War has some characteristics that give it a unique cruelty.”

Particulars: The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. It will be proceeded by a gallery viewing at 5 p.m. and reception at 6. $10 suggested donation. Reservations are accepted at www.chicago

Kyle MacMillan

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