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    Jonathan Santoro: Always Chasing Rainbows

    Moore College of Art & Design

    1916 Race Street, Located on the Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Saturday November 14th 2020 to Saturday January 9th 2021

    • Sundays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Mondays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Tuesdays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Wednesdays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Thursdays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Fridays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    • Saturdays

      12 am to 11:59 pm

    Beyond its surface-level presentation of loyal friendship, self-actualization and the virtues of home, "The Wizard of Oz" presents sublimated themes of American exceptionalism, frontierism, and the omnipresent threat of surveillance and control. 

    In reexamining the franchise through the lens of both personal and cultural memory, "Always Chasing Rainbows" transforms Dorothy’s oddly-matched companions into an assortment of visual misnomers and objects associated with suburban lawn décor, property protection and spectated punishment. Here, Moore’s Race Street gallery window becomes both a voyeuristic stage and a security arena.


    "Always Chasing Rainbows" uses "The Wizard of Oz" as a vehicle to examine a bygone American dream, exploring ideas around nostalgia as both a sickness and a symptom of an increasingly fervent nationalism, spectacle, surveillance capitalism, and dysfunctional familial relationships wherein even love becomes a tool of control.

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    "Always Chasing Rainbows" can be viewed from Race Street at 20th Street outside of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries are closed at this time because of COVID-19.

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