Bust of Louis Armstrong

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Description (Brief)
This bust of American jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1990. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Armstrong’s torso and hands, playing a trumpet with handkerchief in left hand, on a stone base.

Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, was a former United States Air Force test pilot who became the first African American to be trained as an astronaut in 1962. Following a career in real estate, computer systems engineering, and consulting, Dwight pursued art and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Dwight’s works include fine art sculpture, large-scale memorials and public art projects.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1990
depicted
Armstrong, Louis
maker
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 28 in x 16 in x 30 in; 71.12 cm x 40.64 cm x 76.2 cm
overall: 36 1/2 in x 15 in x 26 3/4 in; 92.71 cm x 38.1 cm x 67.945 cm
ID Number
1994.0400.02
catalog number
1994.0400.02
accession number
1994.0400
Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
subject
Jazz
African American
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Art
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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