Exhibits and Theaters: Temporary Exhibits

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Boomer List

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 who made The Boomer List are:

1946: Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran/author

1947: Deepak Chopra, New Age guru

1948: Samuel L. Jackson, actor

1949: Billy Joel, singer/songwriter

1950: Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer

1951: Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer

1952: Amy Tan, author

1953: Eve Ensler, playwright

1954: Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers

1955: Maria Shriver, journalist

1956: Kim Cattrall, actress

1957: Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM

1958: Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center

1959: Ronnie Lott, athlete

1960: Erin Brockovich, environmentalist

1961: Peter Staley, AIDS activist

1962: Rosie O’Donnell, entertainer

1963: David LaChapelle, artist

1964: John Leguizamo, actor

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.

American Masters on PBS