Exhibit Fabrication for the Louis Armstrong House Museum
“What he does is real, and true, and honest, and simple, and even noble. Every time this man puts his trumpet to his lips, even if only to practice three notes, he does it with his whole soul.”
That’s what Leonard Bernstein said about Louis Armstrong, and that’s why we are so pleased and honored to announce that Art Guild’s Museums + Environments team has been awarded the prime contract for the design, fabrication and installation of new exhibits for the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Located in Queens, New York, the museum is in the house where Louis Armstrong lived with his wife, Lucille, from 1943 until his death in 1971. The house, since donated to the city, is now a National Historic Landmark.
We will be working on these new exhibits with two long-time partners, C&G Partners in the role of lead designer and Potion as the interactive designer. Our shared mission will be to use all the art and creativity at our disposal to give — and perhaps even overwhelm— a visitor with a true understanding of Armstrong, both the man and his legacy. To gain an understanding of this yourself and to see just how much Louis Armstrong meant to people around the world, read some of these tributary quotes from famous people ranging from Miles Davis to Bing Crosby.
The installation of the new exhibits is scheduled to be completed in 2018. As part of the overall enhancement to the site, an Education Center designed by Caples Jefferson Architects and shown in the slide show above, will be built across the street from the museum. In the meantime, the museum is open, showcasing a rich collection of audio recordings, videos, photos, manuscripts and artifacts from Armstrong’s life and career. Learn more about it here.