Reading Images: Incidents of Travel

Viewing Room: The Catherwood Project


Thursday, September 8th, 2016

 8:30 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare St, New York, NY


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On View

4:00 to 8:30 pm

Leandro Katz, The Catherwood Project (1985–1993)



7 to 8 pm

Participants: Julia Herzberg, David Shapiro, Eugenie Tsai

Works By: Frederick Catherwood and Lize Mogel with John Emerson


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.


From 7 to 8 pm, a Reading Images series will take place, featuring a program of presentations. Art historian Julia Herzberg, who organized an exhibition of Katz’s work a decade ago at El Museo del Barrio, will give context to the artist’s project; curator Eugenie Tsai will relate Robert Smithson’s Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan (1969) to Katz’s project; poet David Shapiro will read from Incidents of Travel in Poetry (2016) by the late Frank Lima; and Lize Mogel (in collaboration with John Emerson) will provide a map of expeditions in the Maya region carried out by Katz, Stephens, and Catherwood.


This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Storefront members can reserve seat a by contacting Andrew Emmet at For information about Storefront membership, see here or call 212.431.5795


About the Works

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.


About Viewing Room

Viewing Room is a charted journey through some recent acquisitions of the contemporary art collection of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). It consists of a series of events in New York City in which a single artwork from the collection is put on display with an accompanying public program. Audiences are invited to experience seminal yet rarely seen artworks—in most cases, never before exhibited in the city—and to participate in programs designed to help discern the processes and contexts in which these were created. Co-presenting institutions of Viewing Room have included The Kitchen, SculptureCenter, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in New York.


About Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

With offices in New York and Caracas, the mission of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros is to enhance appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America; advance scholarship of Latin American art; and promote excellence in visual-arts education. Its art collection is organized in five different sections: ethnographic (Orinoco), colonial, traveler-artists, modern, and contemporary.

This event is organized by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art at the CPPC, and with artist Alejandro Cesarco.


For press inquiries, please contact Jinny Khanduja at or 212.431.5795.



Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Roger Ferris + Partners; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.


This event is organized by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Storefront for Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator of contemporary art at the CPPC, with artist Alejandro Cesarco.






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