The gallery is currently featuring an exhibit of Louis Armstrong’s collage collection through Sunday, July 31. While Armstrong is most famously known as one of the world’s leading jazz musicians, he was also a talented artist, producing hundreds of collages on record covers. The exhibit was made possible through a partnership with the Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM), the Corona-based foundation dedicated to preserving the jazz icon’s cultural legacy.
“There is no better partner to kick off our reopening with than the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which is a cultural leader here in Queens and around the world,” said Michelle Stoddard, vice president of community development for Resorts World Casino New York City. “We look forward to welcoming fans of Louis Armstrong to this exciting exhibit, which features his additional creative talents. It’s certainly a sight to see and perhaps he’ll pick up a few new admirers along the way.”
In 2012, LAHM helped put together the very first exhibit at the Red Wall Art Gallery: a photography exhibit of the Queens Jazz Trail, which featured Armstrong along with other jazz legends. Additionally, RWNYC stepped up last year as the inaugural member of LAHM’s new Corporate Partners Program, with a $10,000 commitment that supports LAHM’s mission of sustaining and promoting Armstrong’s artistic, cultural and humanitarian legacy.
“The world knows Louis Armstrong for his trumpet and his voice,” Louis Armstrong House Museum Executive Director Regina Bain said. “But Louis expressed himself in many ways and his collages reveal a truer sense of his humor, friendships and the mementos he cherished from his life and work. We are so thankful to Resorts World for helping us bring these wonderful works of art to the community.”
The Resorts World Red Wall Gallery was created to showcase work by aspiring and local artists, photographers and textile makers, in conjunction with community arts organizations. The Red Wall Gallery is an extension of RWNYC’s commitment to supporting economic development in the community, and to working with local cultural organizations to expose arts and culture to their audience.
The Louis Armstrong exhibit is free and open to the public.