Natalia Majluf

Natalia Majluf

Fellow: Awarded 2011

Field of Study: History

Competition: Latin America & Caribbean

Natalia Majluf is Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima, where she previously served as Head Curator (1995-2001). As an art historian, she has produced exhibitions, lectured, and published widely on the art of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America. Her research has focused on issues of race and nation in the visual arts after independence. Following this line of inquiry, during her term as a Guggenheim Fellow she will conclude a book that explores the emergence of modern cultural nationalism in the work of Peruvian painter Francisco Laso (1823-1869).

Among her recent exhibition and publication projects are Reproducing Nations: Types and Costumes in Asia and Latin America, ca. 1800-1860, at the Americas Society in New York (2006) and Elena Izcue. Lima-Paris, années 30, at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris (2008). She is currently participating in a collaborative research project on the Peruvian painter José Gil de Castro (Lima, 1785-1837), which has received the support of the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She has edited Francisco Laso. Aguinaldo para las señoras del Perú y otros escritos (2003), La recuperación de la memoria. El primer siglo de la fotografía. Perú, 1842-1942 (2001), and Los incas, reyes del Perú (2005), as well as a book on Luis Montero’s painting The funerals of Atahualpa (2011). With Luis Eduardo Wuffarden she has co-authored, among other works, Vinatea Reinoso, 1900-1931 (1997), La piedra de Huamanga: lo sagrado y lo profano (1998) and Camilo Blas (2010). She has held the Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship, as well as fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C., and at the University of Cambridge. Majluf received a B.A. from Boston College, an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1990), and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (1995). She is affiliated with the graduate art history program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.