WASHINGTON — On Sept. 26, 2014, the Newseum will open its newest exhibit, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” featuring 19 large-format portraits of influential baby boomers — one born each year of the baby boom, from 1946 to 1964. Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,” “The Latino List” and “The Out List”) chose as his subjects boomers who reflect the depth, diversity and talent of their generation. The exhibit, created in partnership with AARP, will be on display at the Newseum through July 5, 2015.
Baby boomers have had a profound impact on the world, shaking up attitudes about sex, race and politics, and leaving their mark on everything from science and technology to art and music. The 19 men and women selected for “The Boomer List” are:
1946: Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran and author
1947: Deepak Chopra, New Age guru and physician
1948: Samuel L. Jackson, actor and producer
1949: Billy Joel, singer, songwriter and musician
1950: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer
1951: Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
1952: Amy Tan, author
1953: Eve Ensler, playwright, performer and activist
1954: Julieanna Richardson, founder of The HistoryMakers
1955: Maria Shriver, journalist, producer and author
1956: Kim Cattrall, actress, producer and author
1957: Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM
1958: Ellen Ochoa, astronaut
1959: Ronnie Lott, Pro Football Hall of Famer
1960: Erin Brockovich, environmental activist
1961: Peter Staley, gay rights activist
1962: Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actress and talk-show host
1963: David LaChapelle, photographer and filmmaker
1964: John Leguizamo, comedian, actor and producer
“Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s striking images showcase 19 people who’ve had a profound impact not just within their generation, but on the entire American experience,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “This year, as the last of the boomers turn 50, these remarkable individuals and their stories offer revealing perspectives on the news and events that continue to shape our culture today.”
In addition to the 19 portraits, a timeline of historic events that defined the baby boom generation will be displayed, featuring newsmagazines from the Newseum collection plus more than 30 iconic boomer objects, including a copy of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s parental advice book, “Baby and Child Care,” an original 1959 Barbie doll, a 1964 G.I. Joe action figure, a transistor radio and a U.S. Army draft card from 1965. The artifacts illustrate the news events and pop culture moments that defined the baby boom generation, from its start in 1946 until 1982, when the last boomers turned 18. Visitors are invited to add their baby boom memories to the timeline. In addition, an interactive kiosk will allow visitors to explore exclusive behind-the-scenes images of Greenfield-Sanders’s photo shoots.
“The Boomer List” also will feature a scent station with memorable aromas familiar to the baby boom generation. A first for the Newseum, the station will include whiffs of baby powder, to represent the 76 million-plus babies born between 1946 and 1964; fresh-cut grass, a reminder of the boomers’ move to the suburbs; and incense, evoking the musky smell of rebellion, flower power and love-ins.
In addition to the exhibit, a new “American Masters” documentary film, “The Boomer List,” will premiere nationwide on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). The film will be shown in the Newseum’s Documentary Theater on Sept. 26, the opening day of the “Boomer List” exhibit, and twice a day on weekends throughout the run of the exhibit. A companion coffee-table book, published by Luxury Press, and a DVD from Perfect Day Films will be available Oct. 1.
“The Boomer List” is sponsored by AARP and is part of its Boomers@50+ initiative, a yearlong celebration of the last of the baby boomers turning 50 in 2014.
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