According to the Washington Post, the new exhibition, titled, “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” opened Friday and will run through June 2019.
What We Know:
- The exhibit will feature video clips, interview segments, movie costumes and personal photographs and journals that will tap into what influenced the superstar and media executive and showcase how her contributions have shaped America.
- Oprah completely changed daytime television during the 25-year run of her Oprah Winfrey Show, which is the highest-rated talk show in history, and where she broached difficult conversations surrounding race, gender and sexuality.
- Winfrey donated $21 million to the $540 million museum, which ranks her as the museum’s largest individual donor. However, museum management emphasized that her generous gift had nothing to do with influencing the exhibition.
- Curators Rhea L. Combs and Kathleen Kendrick worked with Oprah and her staff to fact-check information, as well as to secure loans for the exhibition.
- The exhibit goes through Winfrey’s early childhood and career, detailing how the cultural shifts and the 1950s and 1960s shaped her and influenced her, the Post notes.
This will be quite the experience!
Read more at The Washington Post
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