Still from Moon in Earthlight, 2021, 4k video (color, sound), 52:55 min; courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner New York / Hong Kong, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin / Cologne, Maureen Paley, London


Related Exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear

Thursday, December 7
Thursday, January 4
Thursday, February 1
5 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

Free; museum admission is not required. This event takes place on a First Thursday when the museum is free to Bay Area Residents.

Presented as an extension of the exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear on Floor 7, Moon in Earthlight will screen in Wattis Theater on First Thursdays from December through February.

Moon in Earthlight (2021) is the first full-length album and film by artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Composed of recordings made over four years, it incorporates spoken word, ambient sound, and pulsating electronic beats, while the accompanying film features a range of imagery from hermit crabs on a beach to reflections cast by a disco ball. This interplay of sound and image — what the artist calls “audio photography” — underscores the performative nature of music and its role in bringing people together.

Film Details

Format: 4K video Moon in Earthlight, 2021, 4K video (colour, sound, 52 min. 55 sec.), Insanely Alive (Pet Shop Boys Radio Edit), 2022, 4K video (colour, sound, 3 min. 33 sec.)
Director: Wolfgang Tillmans
Year: 2021
Running time: 56:28 min

Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear is organized by The Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibition is organized by Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator and Acting Chief Curator, Department of Photography, with Caitlin Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, and Phil Taylor, former Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Major support for Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear at SFMOMA is provided by the Pritzker Exhibition Fund in Photography and Helen and Charles Schwab.

Generous support is provided by Katie Hall and Tom Knutsen, Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, and Jessica Moment.

Meaningful support is provided by Alka and Ravin Agrawal, The Black Dog Private Foundation, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Sakurako and William Fisher, Kate and Wes Mitchell, and The Sheri and Paul Siegel Exhibition Fund.

Community support is provided by the James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen Endowment Fund.


Major support for First Thursdays is provided by Dana and Bob Emery, Concepción S. and Irwin Federman, and illy.

Generous support is provided by Nancy and Alan Schatzberg.

Additional support is provided by Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.