Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) in Corona, Queens announces jazz pianist and celebrated multimedia artist Jason Moran as guest curator of Here To Stay, a permanent exhibition at the Armstrong Center, a new state-of-the-art building located across the street from Armstrong’s historic house and set to open in 2021.
Moran is gleaning an exhibition that will showcase the musician’s life told through his rich archive, highlighting Armstrong’s relationships, his habits as a groundbreaking artist, and the love he shared for his wife Lucille. Here To Stay is also an exploration of the light and positivity Louis brought to the world. Throughout his life, Louis lived with purpose and set an example: one should aim to live thoroughly, sustain integrity, love openly, and protect the home. For the exhibition, Moran will work alongside Potion, the interactive design firm, and the multi-specialty creative studio, C+G Partners, as well as with LAHM’s Director of Research Collections Ricky Riccardi and Archivist Sarah Rose.
“I’m overjoyed to work with Armstrong’s prized archive and new museum,” says Moran. “This archive is one of the most important artist archives in all of history. The exhibition Here To Stay examines Armstrong’s multifaceted cultural legacy as an innovator, archivist, and ambassador. He is the model for how an innovative musician can influence the present and save for the future. Pops is a game changer on and off of his trumpet, and we will all gather around the many ways his curiosity as a creative artist always found a path forward.”