Norman Teague, a pivotal voice in American design and a fervent supporter of Black culture on Chicago’s South Side, brings a nuanced approach that balances design as a social practice deeply rooted in the historical and contemporary fabric of his home community. His bespoke studio creations, grounded in experimentation and meticulous craftsmanship, have a profound African grammar and resonance, articulating design infused with a distinctive “Black intent.” His furniture and objects have been collected by major institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and his interiors have shaped the atmosphere of Chicago staples such as The Silver Room and Dorchester Community Garden.
A Love Supreme and its programming are integral parts of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and in part by a grant from the League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd, the exhibition features programming in partnership with the Elmhurst University Department of Music. A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined" is co-curated by Norman Teague and Rose Camara, presented in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation.