Installation view, ‘Cathy Josefowitz. Release,’ Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Limmatstrasse, 2024 © Estate of Cathy Josefowitz. Photo: Jon Etter

Performance: ‘Transcending Bodies’ by ZHdK Fine Art Students

  • Sat 23 March 2024
  • 4 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Cathy Josefowitz. Release’, join us for an evening of performances at Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Limmatstrasse. Following an open call by ZHdK – Zurich University of the Arts, MA and BA students, as well as mid-career academic staff and junior researchers from the Department of Fine Arts, will respond to Josefowitz’s exhibition or the Anatomical Release technique in a performative presentation.

The submissions for the program were selected by a jury formed by Bettina Moriceau Maillard, Director of Cathy Josefowitz Estate, Professor Swetlana Heger-Davis, Director of the Department of Fine Arts (ZHdK), and Hauser & Wirth.

The evening will start with an introduction to the exhibition, followed by the performance program and a drinks reception.

As part of the 2024 Open Day at Löwenbräukunst, this event is free and open to all. No registration necessary.

Hauser & Wirth Zurich
Limmatstrasse 270
Ground floor 

About the exhibition ‘Cathy Josefowitz. Release’

Developing a deeply personal visual language in her quest to represent the body as an expressive vehicle of individual experience, New York-born, Swiss-raised artist Cathy Josefowitz (1956 – 2014) created a wide-ranging oeuvre spanning drawing and painting, performance and dance. The breadth of her creative output is on view in a solo exhibition—Josefowitz’s first in Zurich—focusing on her compelling progression of the figure across four decades, from the 1970s to her later shift towards abstraction, with many works shown for the first time. The presentation takes its title from Josefowitz’s choreographic piece ‘Release’ (1988), a performance replete with fluid movements that is projected on the wall of the gallery. Drawing on the Anatomical Release technique pioneered by dance teacher and choreographer Mary Fulkerson, Josefowitz falls, twists and rolls in order to let go of tension and cultivate creativity, liberating her body and mind.