Opens Sept. 26, 2014
On Sept. 26, 2014, the Newseum will open "The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders." The exhibit you will only see at the Newseum features 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.
The men and women selected for "The Boomer List" include New Age guru Deepak Chopra (born 1947), singer-songwriter Billy Joel (born 1949), fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (born 1951), author Amy Tan (born 1952), actress Kim Cattrall (born 1956), environmental activist Erin Brockovich (born 1960) and photographer David LaChapelle (born 1963).
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). 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 baby boomers turning 50 in 2014.
AARP is the exclusive sponsor of "The Boomer List" exhibit.