Color in Twelve Parts by Leah Rosenberg

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 7:30 pm

Leah Rosenberg: Color in Twelve Parts

Live music by John Davis and Kim West


80 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Presented in association with CounterPulse
Admission: $15 General / $12 Cinematheque Members
Event tickets here

Color in Twelve Parts re-presents a program slated for exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts February 2024 and preempted by YBCA gallery closures February 15, programmed by independent curator Gina Basso.

Color in Twelve Parts

Playful and meditative, Color In Twelve Parts is a series of twelve monochromatic films that pull colors from all parts of life and bring them to you, one color at a time. This series of experimental works builds on Leah Rosenberg’s decade-long observational work of color collecting. Using inventive repetitive processes to accrue and layer color, Rosenberg’s interdisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture, installation, food, video and performance. For tonight’s screening, Color in Twelve Parts will be in two halves, with divergent live soundtrack performances by John Davis and Kim West.

Leah Rosenberg works across artistic media to spark new experiences of color, inviting viewers to consider how color can be experienced both multi-sensorially and multidimensionally. Rooted in her belief in the fundamental generosity of art and the creative act, Rosenberg promotes a democratic approach to the perception of color. Based in San Francisco, Rosenberg has shown work, participated in artist residency programs and been awarded fellowships locally, nationally and internationally. Her work is part of SFMOMA’s permanent collection, where she also worked as the lead pastry chef at their rooftop café. Combining her talents, she helped create a spectrum of desserts based on the museum’s collection (2009–2014). Rosenberg earned a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, BC and an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

John Davis is a Northern California artist working with moving images and sound. Through live performance, studio-based projects, workshops and residencies, Davis focuses on work that encourages sensory response through unexpected uses of traditional media. Davis also runs Bimodal Press, a publication outlet that emphasizes San Francisco Bay Area experimental music, film and related ephemera. Highlighting a small selection of artists, the label also serves as a home to Gravity Spells I and Gravity Spells II and is committed to ongoing collaborations with Bay Area media artists, musicians and writers.

Gina Basso is a San Francisco-based independent film programmer of experimental, artist-made and non-fiction film and video works and thematic narrative film series. She has organized film programs for local cinemas including The Roxie Theater, The Castro Theater and Alamo Drafthouse New Mission Theater. She has curated programs for McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Design Within Reach, Hunter’s Point Shipyard and Northwest Film Forum and is the former film curator for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In her creative practice, she uses video to explore transitional or altered states of being. Through moving collage, handmade animation and sound she draws on a rich tradition of experimentation with various forms, materials and processes, combining found and original footage to harness the energy of poetic montage. Her video work has been presented at CROSSROADS, Artists’ Television Access, HAXAN Film Festival and Antimatter Experimental Film Festival.