Opera singer J’Nai Bridges filmed by Nicole Miller for this commission. Nicole Miller, To the Stars, 2019 (still); commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; image: courtesy the artist

Nicole Miller’s To the Stars: Public Screening

Sunday, Sept 22, 2019

11 a.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

Free. No museum admission required. First come, first served.

Nicole Miller’s To the Stars is an immersive exploration of identity, voice, pain, and possibility. Commissioned by SFMOMA and designed specifically for the museum’s Phyllis Wattis Theater, this new work combines video and sound elements with a dynamic laser-light display.

Miller is a conceptual artist known for her inventive uses of video, often incorporating documentary-style methods into evocative mixed-media installations that deal with self-representation and the experience of looking. To create this work, Miller filmed interviews, performance rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes moments with prominent figures of color in the arts and sciences, including choreographer Alonzo King, opera singer J’Nai Bridges, violinist Jessica McJunkins, and NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle, as well as youth in local schools.

Admission to public screenings of Nicole Miller’s To the Stars is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Check here for dates and times of upcoming monthly screenings. To the Stars is also an ongoing feature of SFMOMA’s Stage and Screen school visit program, which includes free admission to the museum’s galleries; applications are required for this program.

Run time for To the Stars is approximately one hour.

Generous support for Nicole Miller’s To the Stars is provided by Marjory Graue and Martin Bloes.

Meaningful support is provided by Wayee Chu and Ethan Beard.

Subjects of To the Stars

J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano opera singer
Dr. Yvonne Cagle, NASA astronaut
Alonzo King, choreographer and founder of Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Dancers of Alonzo King LINES Ballet:
Robb Beresford
Adji Cissoko
Madeline DeVries
Shuaib Elhassan
James Gowan
Ilaria Guerra
Maya Harr
YuJin Kim
Ashley Mayeux
Michel Montgomery
Jeffrey Van Sciver
Meredith Webster, ballet master
Jessica McJunkins, violinist and educator
Maureen Zoltek, pianist
Local middle school students
Local high school students and teacher

Production Credits

Zak Forrest

Music and sound design
John Somers

Additional music
CPSL0CK @ District Sound Lab

Sound recording/mixing
Philip Perkins

Sound mixing
Gary Nardino
Calin Enache @ District Sound Lab

Laser animation
Zak Forrest