SFMOMA screens “To the Stars”

We are excited to share that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is now streaming Nicole Miller’s To The Stars for free until Wednesday, September 16. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to watch this incredible film from the comfort of your home!

Commissioned by SFMOMA, To the Stars (2019) is a love letter to the next generation and an exploration of identity, voice, pain, and possibility. The film juxtaposes portraits of prominent figures of color in the arts and sciences, including Alonzo King and the LINES Ballet dancers, with personal stories from San Francisco middle school students, many of whom are dealing with trauma and hardship. Featured alongside Alonzo and the dancers are opera singer J’Nai Bridges, violinist Jessica McJunkins, and NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle. The combined impact of the poignant interviews, performance rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage is a powerful affirmation that the future holds infinite potential for our young people.

Watch it for free Wednesday, September 9 – Wednesday, September 16 at SFMOMA.org.

(Missed SFMOMA’s screening? To the Stars is in the rotation of films streaming daily at Performa-Arts.org through the end of November)

This online screening is part of SFMOMA’s #MuseumFromHome series which runs from September 2 – October 7, 2020. Learn more about #MuseumFromHome here.


Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller’s work stems from the possibility representation allows for reconstitution. Using video installation and sculpture, she proposes that active viewing can be used as a tool to reconstitute personal histories, or even one’s own body.

Nicole has had solo exhibitions in several institutions including, Marfa Ballroom, Centre D’art Contemporain Geneva, Kunst Werk Berlin, the California African American Museum, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, The Highline NYC, and The LA County Museum in Los Angeles. She also has been included in many group shows and Biennials, at places such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, The LA Biennial at the Hammer museum, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, and The San Francisco Museum of Art. She has been a prize winner at the American Academy Rome and has also received The William H Johnson Prize, the Rema Hort Mann prize, Louis Comfort Tiffany prize, and the Artadia Los Angeles award. Nicole’s work is in the collections of the LA County Museum, the Hammer Museum, and SFMOMA, amongst other institutions.

“I grew up as a ballet dancer. I was the only dancer of color that I knew about when I was a kid. I didn’t have any idols to look up to as ballet dancers, dancers of color. And then when I was in my 20s, I saw LINES Ballet, and I just remember weeping watching them. It was so amazing. And soon as I came to San Francisco and started on this project, I knew that was the first thing I was going to pursue filming.”



Nicole Miller, film participants, and the LINES Ballet dancers at the 2019 premiere of To the Stars:

Pictured left to right: San Francisco educator Charmaine Shuford; LINES Ballet dancers Maya Harr, Ilaria Guerra, and Adji Cissoko; filmmaker Nicole Miller; astronaut Yvonne Cagle; and LINES Ballet dancers Michael Montgomery and Lorris Eichinger.

Header photo: Nicole Miller, To the Stars, 2019 (still); commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; image: courtesy the artist.