Since 2008 Puma has hosted an annual Urban Art exhibit in Buenos Aires. The two day long event, which wrapped the 2012 edition March 4, at the Centro Cultural de Recoleta, attracted scenesters, families and random people of all ages. International artists of all types including musicians, film makers, painters, photographers, cartoonists and tattoo artists presented their work through a variety of channels. An eclectic mix of gallery work, performances and screenings worked together to tell stories about the minutiae of life, Argentine and international cultures and the struggle of self expression for artists working outside of traditional parameters.
El Centro Cultural de Recoleta is a beautiful facility with open air hallways, an outdoor stage and a series of indoor galleries. The stage area has an incredible view of statues, a park with palm trees and the general comings and goings of one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighborhoods, a place where you could easily pass hours. For those needing a reprieve from the sun, one of the indoor rooms was set up with carpeted bleachers, a live DJ and a promo table giving out free vitaminwater. Some screenings and discussions with artists were scheduled, but the rest of the event was leisurely and relaxed.
I don't have the title for these last two. (If anyone reads this and knows, tell me!) But, they represent Buenos Aires to a T, so I can't omit them. Wine from viñedo to copa, family and mate is what it's all about.