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Aura Rosenberg received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Hunter College, NY as well as attending the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.


Rosenberg’s work probes sexuality, gender, childhood, artistic identity and historical construction.  Her diverse practice draws on photography, video, painting, sculpture, installation and performance.  


Rosenberg’s work has been exhibited at, among others, the Kiev Biennale, the Berlin Biennale, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Lehnbachhaus, Munich, Le Magasin / Centre D’art Contemporain, Grenoble, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Institute of Contemporary Art / ICA, Philadelphia, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Hamburger Banhof, Berlin, MAMCO / Musee d'art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, The Swiss Institute, New York; The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, JOAN, Los Angeles and Galeria Studio, Warsaw.  


In 2023, a mid-career survey What is Psychedelic, curated by Alaina Claire Feldman, was presented in two venues in New York City, the Mishkin Gallery at and Pioneer Works (catalog). Recently her work has been featured in the exhibitions The Irreplaceable Human – Conditions of Creativity in the Age of AI, Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, Ecstasy at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart which travelled to the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland, Straying From The Line, Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, Face It! In the Soliloquy With The Other at the Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany and Up To And Including Limits at the Muzeum Susch, Zernez, Switzerland.


She has published three books of photographs. Head Shots, (StopOver Press 1996) is a series of black/white portraits that examines men seemingly caught in a moment of ecstasy.  Berlin Childhood (Steidl/DAAD 2001) is inspired by Walter Benjamin’s chronicle of a bourgeois upbringing in Berlin at the turn of the last century; it reconsiders the people and places Benjamin wrote about from a present-day perspective. Who Am I? What Am I? Where Am I ? (Hatje Cantz 2006) features a series of children’s portraits, each made in collaboration with another artist. Rosenberg is also a member of the art rock bands The Dirty Mirrors and The Cornichons who have preformed in such venues as The Rubell Family Collection, Miami and the Palazzo Grassi, Venice.


Rosenberg lives in New York City and Berlin.  She is represented by Meliksetian | Briggs in Los Angeles and Martos Gallery in New York City and teaches at Pratt Institute and The School of Visual Arts, New York.


Aura Rosenberg

The Afronomical Ways


HD video

2' 52''

Based on a blacklight poster from 1972

Music by Dirty Mirrors