A Love Supreme Panel Discussion

Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2024
7:00 PM–8:25 PM
Included with museum admission. Members are free.

This panel discussion will delve deeper into music, culture, and design influences. Moderated by radio host/producer Ayana Contreras, participants include designer Norman Teague, writer/director Sam Thousand, and musician/artist chaz Sanders-La Pointe. The discussion will be followed by Elmhurst University Jazz Combo performance.

Ayana Contreras is the host of the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ and at Vocalo Radio. She is a Chicago cultural historian, memory worker, radio DJ, archivist, and author of Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism & Creativity in Chicago.

Norman Teague is a Chicago-based designer and educator using design as an agent for change and as a mechanism to empower black and brown communities. This panel has been organized on the occasion of A Love Supreme, a solo exhibition by Teague inspired by legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, and an adjoining installation in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House by 35 designers co-curated by Teague.

Sam Thousand (formally known as Sam Trump) is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/writer, producer/composer and a 3Arts Recipient with 15+ years of experience in live performance art, curation, and self-management. Sam Thousand has become a fixture in Chicago’s music scene through various stages from the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park to a cozy nook in a low-lit speakeasy in Fulton Market.

chaz Sanders-La Pointe is an artist and musician living and working in Chicago, IL. Working primarily in sound, assemblage, and printed matter; his work challenges the limits between architecture, urban planning, and folk memory; organizing to imagine new equitable futures in the designed world.

A Love Supreme and its programming are part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. It is 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. With programming in partnership with Elmhurst University Department of Music.

A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined is co-curated by Norman Teague and Rose Camara. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation.

Photos: Ayana Contreras, photo by Kymyatha Crawford 2021; Norman Teague, photo by Scott Shigley; Sam Thousand; chaz Sanders-La Pointe