Tameka Norris, a.k.a. Meka Jean in "The Beat Goes On"
Tameka Norris performs within her multimedia listening room, the headquarters as her alter-ego, the college-educated, street-savvy rap/pop star Meka Jean. Jean’s complex narrative is revealed through her "Ivy League Ratchet" EP, completed in 2016. The comfortable lounge space will feature video and sculpture that will give viewers an intimate look into the makings and ruminations of a rap star.
SVA’s fall 2016 art programming launches with “The Beat Goes On,” an exhibition featuring work by Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller, a.k.a., D.J. Spooky, and Tameka Norris, a.k.a. Meka Jean, and curated by visual artist Derrick Adams. For “The Beat Goes On,” the SVA Chelsea Gallery has been transformed into four distinct listening rooms, each presenting a solo show by one of the featured artists. Encompassing photography, sculpture, installation, performance and video works, each room takes music and the history of recorded and transmitted sound as its inspiration. On view August 20 – September 17, “The Beat Goes On” is the first exhibition mounted in the gallery’s newly renovated space. A reception with performances will take place Thursday, September 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm.