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Taft Museum of Art opens exhibition from Cincinnati artist

Terence Hammonds. Photo by Walter German.JPG
Posted at 8:16 AM, Feb 12, 2023

CINCINNATI — A new exhibition by a Cincinnati artist, Terence Hammonds, opens Feb. 16 at the Taft Museum of Art.

“Universal Magnetic” is a solo show showcasing collages and ceramic works “that recontextualize historical images and motifs to memorialize Black figures in United States history” the Taft Museum said.

Hammond said the exhibition derives its title from rapper and activist Yasiin Bey’s, formerly known as Mos Def, 1997 single of the same name, and his work was inspired by the struggles of African Americans during the civil rights movement.

His paper collages incorporate illustrations of celestial bodies with images of black figures cut from vintage magazines, such as “Life,” “Jet,” and “Ebony.”

Works in the exhibition such as "Hope" and Keys" reimagine the backdrops of violent, turbulent historical events and replaces them with flowers, stars and moons to represent new opportunities and possibilities for the future.

"Universal Magnetic" will be on view beginning Feb. 16 and run through June 4. For more information, visit the Taft’s website on “Universal Magnetic.”

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