Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
LOUIS ARMSTRONG: AMERICAN JAZZ ICON EXHIBITION
AT QUEENS COLLEGE’S GODWIN-TERNBACH MUSEUM JUNE 20–AUGUST 10
FLUSHING, NY, June 08, 2006 –A free exhibition featuring the photos and memorabilia of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, on loan from the Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives, will be on view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College from Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, August 10.
The exhibition will explore Armstrong’s role in the history of jazz and discuss the significance of the objects. Armstrong’s music will be heard and films in which he appeared will be screened in the museum throughout the exhibition. Highlights include:
• The gold record received for “Hello Dolly” and other awards
• Letters to Armstrong from Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and Kennedy
• Armstrong’s gold-plated Selmer Trumpet
• Collages created by Armstrong on tape boxes
• Pictures, posters, and paintings, including portraits of Armstrong
• Books from Armstrong’s personal collection
• Record jackets of many sound recordings
• Armstrong stamps, postcards, matchbooks, trading cards, bumper stickers, and other memorabilia
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Louis Armstrong House and Archives for this exhibition of America’s great innovator and musician,” said Amy Winter, Director of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. “We feel honored and excited that this special resource is available to the Queens College community.”
Gallery hours for the Godwin-Ternbach Museum are Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 11 am–5 pm. The museum will also be open on July 30, 4:30–8:30 pm, during the Queens Jazz Festival taking place on the Queens College campus that day.
This exhibition is dedicated to Louis Armstrong and to the city of New Orleans that gave birth to this beloved icon of American culture. It was made possible, in part, by the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and by the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. For more information on the museum, call 718-997-4747 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
For directions, see: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
Louis Armstrong—the world’s most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they resided for the rest of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime. In 1986 the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs chose Queens College to be caretaker of the treasure trove of personal belongings left in his home. The house was declared a New York City and National Historic Landmark and opened its doors to the public in 2003. Today the Louis Armstrong House is open six days a week for guided tours. Please call 718-478-8274 or visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org for more information.
The Louis Armstrong Archives, located on the Queens College campus, contains Louis’s vast personal collection of over 650 homemade audiotapes, 5,000 photographs, 86 scrapbooks, 120 awards, 12 linear feet of personal papers, correspondence and manuscripts, and much more. It is open to researchers by appointment (please call 718-997-3670 to schedule the visit).