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In “After the Rainbow,” a young, fresh-faced Judy Garland meets her broken-down, Seconal-popping future self. Footage from The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic, is ingeniously blended with Garland’s performance of “The Man That Got Away” from a 1962 TV special. Teenage Garland playing Dorothy Gale looks on—weeping, slightly terrified—as middle-aged Garland, the weary former movie star, revisits one of her best-known torch songs. “The dreams you’ve dreamed,” the full-grown woman prophetically sings to the adolescent girl, “have all gone astray.” This two-channel video is the second in a series titled “Dark Matter” by the Australian art duo, Soda_Jerk. The piece will be on view as part of curator Justine Topfer’s entry in DC’s 5 X 5 public art project. Soda_Jerk will also give a one-night lecture performance on Oct. 3 further exploring the intersection of death, media theory, and sci-fi or fantasy cinema—in a retro media-sampling genre the duo calls “séance fiction.” The artists will also be on hand at the National Gallery on Sept. 27 after a screening of their “Astro Black” video series to discuss Afrofuturism—a cultural movement in which black artists use space travel and science fiction to re-imagine race relations and identity. Sept. 19–Nov. 2 at National Museum of Women in the Arts. $8–$10.