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The Up Years


1971 saw further escalation of both the war in Vietnam and protests against the war in the United States. The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, revealing secret U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1971; sixty percent of Americans opposed the war; and the Weather Underground allegedly bombed the U.S. Capitol to protest the war's expansion into Laos. Meanwhile, Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan, General Idi Amin took control of Uganda and Switzerland finally granted women the right to vote. In popular culture, the Beatles broke up, the ground-breaking sitcom All in the Family debuted and sleekly designed Corvettes roamed the highways of America.

Artist: Jamal Cyrus has exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. His
work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in
New York and, along with his art collaborative "Otabenga Jones and Associates" created the
"hybrid exhibition-classroom-performance piece" Lessons from Below, on view at
the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Cyrus received a BFA from the University of Houston (2004)
and will receive his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2008.

Special thanks to Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts.