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Recap: Critical Praise for ‘The Beat Goes On’ at SVA Chelsea Gallery [Photo Slideshow]

The Beat Goes On,” SVA’s first major exhibition of the fall 2016 season, closed on Saturday, September 17, after a successful month-long run. The exhibition featured work by Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller, a.k.a., D.J. Spooky, and Tameka Norris, a.k.a. Meka Jean, and was curated by visual artist Derrick Adams. For “The Beat Goes On,” the SVA Chelsea Gallery was transformed into four distinct listening rooms; each presented a solo show by one of the featured artists. The exhibition received significant press coverage, and we've included some highlights below, along with a photo slideshow.

A man dancing with three women around him.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
Group of ladies at an event.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
Student presenting work.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
A man in a dark room looking at artwork that is hanging on the wall. His shadow is being cast against the wall.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
A few people standing around. There is a woman reading some words written on the wall
Photo by Bridget Badore.
Two people greeting each other.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
Two people holding their hands over a round cylinder.
Photo by Bridget Badore.
The perfect setting to enjoy a casual speaker at a gathering.
Photo by Stan Narten.
Text written on a wall
Photo by Stan Narten.
A room with noise dampeners on the walls. The lighting is dim and has a purple tint.
Photo by Stan Narten.
Art sculpture 3d
Photo by Stan Narten.
An art museum display of several pictures hung on the wall. Each picture has a light of it's own.
Photo by Stan Narten.
A large light fixture and a post in the center of an art gallery. The light fixture is circular made of metal.
Photo by Stan Narten.

“Through a mix of artists, artists-turned-rappers, and DJs, The Beat Goes On bridges the lamentable gap between music and fine art, creating a complex of spaces where both coexist in highly different ways, demonstrating not only the synchronicity of the two but the multi-faceted possibilities inherent to this combination.” Andrew Nunes, The Creators Project (full article)

“…'The Beat Goes On' offers a fun and interactive look at the ways in which art and music can be fruitful bed fellows, while also suggesting to the viewer that he/she examine their own relationship with music and creativity.” Adam Lehrer, Forbes (full article)

“[‘The Beat Goes On’], through its focus on sound production, suggests that we can use the trope of resonance: the process described by physics that explains how bodies vibrating at the same frequency amplify the acoustic output. The bodies build on each other, all the bodies in their found paradise, rhythmically finding the same beat, mounting and grooving and intensifying until they break into blossom.” Seph Rodney, Hyperallergic (full article)

“’The Beat Goes On’ creates an environment that draws visitors into a cultural matrix in which the personal experiences expressed by one artist cross over into the next room, emphasizing along the way how artists of color negotiate the mostly white art world…. Presenting an art exhibition as a social gathering for actual conversation, not merely the conventional encounter between an individual viewer and the artist, is what makes the show unique.” Peter Malone, Hamptons Art Hub (full article)

“…’The Beat Goes On’ reminds us that music can transcend language and imagery.” Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy (full article)

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