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Universal Magnetic – Art Exhibition through June 4

Universal Magnetic 
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 See Universal Magnetic at Taft Museum of Art from February 16 through June 4.


During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, African Americans redoubled their long fight for equality. Their struggles and determination have inspired artist Terence Hammonds. His works in Universal Magnetic feature collages. Combining historical images with decorative motifs that adorn and memorialize representations of racial identity in the US.

Hammonds incorporates illustrations of celestial bodies with images of Black figures cut from vintage magazines for his paper collages. Creating scenes that are simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. Recontextualizing the figures by removing them from scenes of suffering and inserting them into spaces that celebrate joy.

Hammonds takes the same approach to his ceramics in terms of subject matter. Yet, he uses a silkscreen process to transfer the collaged compositions onto the clay surfaces. The shape of several vessels in the exhibition, as well as his use of blue and white, is a nod to the Chinese porcelains in the Taft Museum of Art collection.


Tickets to Universal Magnetic

Admission is free for Taft members, guests of members with a guest pass, military, youth under 18, and NCECA members. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Non-members save $2 by purchasing tickets online. Tickets coming soon.


Opening Night and Artist Talk

Doors open to this special exhibition to members at 4:30 p.m. and the public at 5:30 p.m. Following, we invite you to meet the artist, Terence Hammonds. Enjoy a special Artist Talk, and learn about his newly created work featured in this show.


About the Taft Museum of Art 

Built around 1820 as a private home, the 200-year-old Taft house now hosts a small art museum. The Taft Museum of Art hosts several permanent collections and traveling exhibits throughout the year. Guests of all ages can enjoy many special exhibitions, an outdoor garden, a museum shop, and the Lindner Family Café.  



Limited onsite parking is available for guests visiting the museum during regular museum hours in Taft’s on-site garage. The front gates and garage open 15 minutes before opening. Take Cincinnati METRO to the venue. 


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June 4
$10 – $12
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Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati,OH45202United States
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