Viewing Room: Leandro Katz

September 8, 2016



Thursday, September 8, 2016
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012

On View:
4:00–8:00 pm
Leandro Katz
The Catherwood Project (1985–1993)

7:00–8:00 pm
Incidents of Travel
With talks by Julia Herzberg, David Shapiro and Eugenie Tsai, a map by Lize Mogel and John Emerson, and lithographs by Frederick Catherwood


On Thursday September 8th from 4 to 8:30 pm, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Storefront for Art and Architecture present Viewing Room, a one day installation of images at Storefront’s gallery space, showcasing a series of photographs from The Catherwood Project by Leandro Katz and the 1844 book of lithographs Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan by Frederick Catherwood.

The illustrated publications documenting John Lloyd Stephens’ and Frederick Catherwood’s expeditions in the Maya region, undertaken from 1839 to 1842, caused a commotion during the nineteenth century. These have since inspired archeologists, historians and artists, as well as explorers and travelers of all walks of life, who have developed further work taking their cue from their predecessors’ itineraries, narratives, and images. One such case is the Argentinian artist Leandro Katz (b. 1938). Starting in 1984 and for the span of several years, Katz undertook numerous trips to Mexico and Central America, retracing and eventually completing the expedition itineraries of Stephens and Catherwood. His ensuing artwork, The Catherwood Project, dated 1985–1995, is a visual reconstruction of those expeditions, portraying an updated image of the ancient edifices first drawn by Catherwood, and, in the process, exploring the colonial gaze and postcolonial perspectives.

In this episode of Viewing Room, a series of photographs from The Catherwood Project by Katz is on public display for an afternoon, and the 1844 book of lithographs Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan by Catherwood will be available for browsing. Then, in the evening, from 7 to 8 pm, a program of succinct presentations takes place: art historian Julia Herzberg, who organized an exhibition of Katz’s work a decade ago at El Museo del Barrio, explains the artist’s project; curator Eugenie Tsai relates Robert Smithson’s Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan (1969) to Katz’s project; poet David Shapiro reads from Incidents of Travel in Poetry (2016) by the late Frank Lima; artist and educator Lize Mogel provides a map of expeditions in the Maya region carried out by Katz, Stephens and Catherwood.

This episode of Viewing Room is co-presented with Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. It is open to the general public free of cost. Refreshments will be served. 

Viewing Room is organized by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art at the CPPC, with artist Alejandro Cesarco. On the occasion of this episode of Viewing Room, they worked with Eva Franch i Gilabert, director and chief curator of Storefront.