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Universal Magnetic
On view through June 4, 2023
Taft Museum of Art
Cincinnati, Ohio

“Universal Magnetic” showcases collages and ceramic works that recontextualize historical images and motifs to memorialize Black figures in United States history.

The exhibition derives its title from rapper and activist Yasiin Bey’s (formerly known as Mos Def) 1997 single of the same name. For Hammonds, who has a deep connection to soul, funk, rap, and punk music, the use of “Universal Magnetic” refers to the reverberation of love and the determination throughout history to seek positive change: “Love is sometimes radical, sometimes quiet, sometimes defiant, and sometimes all these things at once.”

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[Image: Terrance Hammonds, Hope, 2021. Mixed media collage on paper, 24 in. x 20 in. Collection of the artist.]