Houston Artist Jamal Cyrus’s Playful, Subversive Vision of Black History

Houston Artist Jamal Cyrus’s Playful, Subversive Vision of Black History

Installation view of Jamal Cyrus' The End of My Beginning.Let’s start with The End of My Beginning. Jamal Cyrus’s tabletop sculpture depicts a miniature, classic American home that’s enveloped in a sea of tufted black hair. The hair spills over the roof and around the white structure, nearly burying the front door and several tiny figures in an island of Afro moss before stopping abruptly at an invisible intersection on an invisible street. Without reading the label, a viewer might assume the piece sprang from last summer’s wave of Black Lives Matter protests. The sculpture is about Black revolution, and its power has intensified in the past year. But it was made in 2005, as Cyrus began to focus his art on earlier flash points of American social and political consciousness—the era of the civil…View Original Post

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