Museum exhibit to feature photos of famous boomers


Museum of the Albemarle will host the exhibit, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” starting Saturday, Jan. 26. The traveling exhibit, produced by the Newseum in partnership with the AARP, is made up of 19 large photographs of women and men, most them household names, born during the 19 years known as the “baby boomer” generation.


BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ever hear the word “boomer” and wonder who is one? A new exhibit opening Saturday, Jan. 26, at Museum of the Albemarle seeks to answer that question.

Titled “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” the exhibit is made up of 19 large photographs of women and men, most them household names, each of whom was born during the 19 years of what’s known as the “baby boomer” generation. People considered baby boomers are generally thought to have been born between 1946 and 1964, according to Museum of the Albemarle curator Wanda Lassiter.

The exhibit, which will be on display through April 5, features photos of the following people photographed by Greenfield-Sanders — himself a baby boomer — and the year they were born:

Author and Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien (1946); author Deepak Chopra (1947); actor Samuel L. Jackson (1948); singer Billy Joel (1949); Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (1950); fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (1951); author Amy Tan (1952); playwright Eve Ensler (1953); historian Julieanna Richardson (1954); journalist and author Maria Shriver (1955); actress Kim Cattrall (1956); IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (1957); Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa (1958); former NFL player Ronnie Lott (1959); environmentalist Erin Brockovich (1960); AIDS activist Peter Staley (1961); comedian Rosie O’Donnell (1962); artist David LaChapelle (1963); and actor John Leguizamo (1964).

Lassiter estimates each framed, 44-inch x 58-inch photograph in the exhibit weighs between 50 and 60 pounds.

Beside each photograph will be a biographical summary of the person. While many of those Greenfield-Sanders has photographed may already be familiar to exhibit visitors, the biographies will include interesting facts about their lives and accomplishments that may be less well known, according to Lassiter.

A three-panel timeline will feature significant events that occurred during the 19 years of the baby boomer era.

Lassiter said she is also looking forward to a “scent station” that will accompany the exhibit. It will contain “memorable smells familiar to Baby Boomers,” she said.

A comment station will offer visitors a chance to share their own thoughts and reflections on the photographs and the exhibit.

Lassiter said “The Boomer List” is a free traveling exhibit produced by the Newseum in Washington D.C. in partnership with the AARP. The exhibit was featured at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh in October 2017 and most recently at The Haggin Museum in Stockton, Calif.

“We want to bring in different things for the public to view,” said Lassiter.

Opening day activities for the exhibit will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include light refreshments and bingo games. Participation in the games requires pre-registration by calling 331-4054.

Also on tap during the exhibit’s opening will be two screenings of George Lucas’ 1973 film, “American Graffiti.” Museum officials said they conducted a poll on MoA’s Facebook page about which movie they’d like to see during the exhibit’s opening and respondents’ choice was “American Graffiti,” which is set in 1962 and stars baby boomer actors like Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss. One screening of the movie will be at 11:30 a.m., the second will be at 2:30 p.m.  

For more information about “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders” exhibit, visit the museum’s Facebook page or website at https://www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Additional information is available at the Newseum’s website at http://www.newseum.org/.