“The Boomer List”

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“The Boomer List” Portraits

  • 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, historian
  • 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 partnership with AARP, the Newseum presents “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” an exhibition of 19 large-format portraits of some of the most fascinating members of the influential baby boom generation — one born each year of the baby boom, from 1946 to 1964 — taken by renowned American photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Visitors will gain insight into the boomer generation through interviews and portraits that focus on exceptional achievement, struggle and identity, telling the story of extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created.

In addition to the 19 portraits, a three-panel timeline features some of the top news events and pop culture moments that defined the baby boom generation, with images of memorable newsmagazines and photos of iconic objects from the period. Visitors can add their own memories at a comment station.

The exhibition also includes an original Newseum-produced film featuring the photographer’s stories about the project. A large touch-screen monitor allows visitors to explore dozens of candid behind-the-scenes images and videos of the photo shoots and a scent station offers memorable aromas familiar to the baby boom generation.

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.

Exhibition includes:

  • 400 linear feet of exhibition content
  • 19 framed portraits (44” x 58”) by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
  • Supporting story panels for each portrait taken from interviews with each subject
  • A framed photograph of the photographer and supporting biography
  • A Newseum-produced original video featuring the photographer talking about the project
  • A self-contained touch screen “Behind the Scenes” interactive
  • A self-contained scent station
  • A three-panel, Newseum-curated timeline of top news and cultural events from 1946 to 1982, the year the last members of the baby boom generation turned 18.
  • A self-contained comment station

Photo Gallery


I’m gonna be 65 this year. I thought there was a mandatory retirement age in rock ’n’ roll. Obviously, there isn’t.
— Billy Joel, singer and songwriter

Tour Schedule

Museum of the Albemarle – Elizabeth City, NC
Jan.26 – April 5, 2019

The Haggin Museum – Stockton, CA

Oct. 4 – Dec. 30, 2018

Morris Museum – Morristown, NJ
July 9 – Sept. 10, 2018

Springfield Museum of Art – Springfield, OH
April 1 – June 17, 2018

Naper Settlement – Naperville, IL
Jan. 17 – March 16, 2018

North Carolina Museum of History – Raleigh, NC
Oct. 1, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

Brattleboro Museum – Brattleboro, VT
June 23 – Aug. 27, 2017

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – Tampa, FL
April 1 – May 31, 2017

Photographic Center Northwest – Seattle, WA
Jan. 3 – March 12, 2017

Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center – Sioux Falls, SD
June 4 – Sept. 4, 2016

Additional merchandising opportunities include:

  • DVD of PBS’s “American Masters: The Boomer List” and the companion coffee-table book
  • “Boomers 101: The Definitive Collection” by Susan Carol McCarthy

Exhibition loan fee:
Thanks to generous support from AARP, the Newseum is able to waive all fees associated with the tour. Host venues need only pay associated insurance for the term of the exhibition.

For more information and bookings, contact:
Christy Wallover