Julia P. Herzberg is an art historian, independent curator, and Fulbright Senior Specialist living in New York. She completed her PhD in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in 1998, with a dissertation on Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. She is a specialist of Latin American artists living in the United States, and has curated more than twenty-five exhibitions. Herzberg was a co-curator of The Decade Show (1990), held in New York at the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, the New Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and she was the curator of the official U.S. representation for the III Bienal Internacional de Pintura in Cuenca, Ecuador (1991). In addition to serving as a consulting curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York (1996–2001), she was a consulting curator for the 2003, 2006, and 2009 Bienales de La Habana, and she is a contributing and consulting editor for Arte al día Internacional. Herzberg has taught, lectured, and published extensively in the United States and abroad and received two J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board awards: one at the Pontificia Universidad Católica (2007) and another at the Universidad Diego Portales (2013), both in Santiago, Chile, and also served as a visiting professor at the Instituto de Arte, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (2016).
Leandro Katz (b. 1938, Buenos Aires) is an artist, filmmaker, and writer who lived in New York from 1965 to 2006; he currently lives and works in Buenos Aires. His interdisciplinary art practice is informed by extensive ongoing research, and includes films (1976–2001), Conceptual photography (1972–2002), artist’s books (1960–2000), and installations. Katz has been awarded numerous fellowships throughout his career, including a CAPS (Creative Artists Public Service) Fellowship from the New York State Council on the Arts (1976), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1979), and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship in filmmaking (1982). In 1984, he traveled to the Yucatán and Chiapas regions of Mexico to photograph ancient Mayan sites for an ongoing work known as The Catherwood Project. Katz has produced eighteen narrative and nonnarrative films, and he has published several artists’ books, including Natural History and The Ghosts of Ñancahuazú (both 2010). His nonnarrative film on Che Guevara, El día que me quieres (The Day You’ll Love Me, 1997) won the Coral Prize at the Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana. He has exhibited widely, most recently at Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (2010); the 8th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2010); CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation), Miami (2015); and MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City (2018). He was a professor in the film program at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Leandro Katz: Two Projects/A Decade took place at El Museo del Barrio from January 25 to May 5, 1996. This essay is notable as an early in-depth description of Katz’s two most well-known long-term projects, The Catherwood Project and Project for the Day You’ll Love Me. They evidence the artist’s ongoing interest in using photography to reevaluate significant historical moments in Latin American history and culture. [As a complementary reading on the artist’s work, see another 2003 Herzberg essay in the ICAA Digital Archive, “Leandro Katz,” (1344039).]