PRESS RELEASE

Press preview for “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” exhibition

WHAT:          Press preview for “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” exhibition

WHEN:          Wednesday, June 6
7:30–9 a.m.:    Media check-in and continental breakfast

                        9-9:40 a.m.:     Remarks and Q&A

                        9:40 a.m.:        Self-guided media tours

WHERE:              Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Oprah Winfrey Theater
14th Street and Madison Drive entrance

WHO:             Lonnie Bunch III, founding director, National Museum of African American History

                              and Culture

                        Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director, National Museum of African American History and Culture

                  Rhea Combs, exhibition co-curator

                  Kathleen Kendrick, exhibition co-curator

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is hosting a press preview for its new temporary exhibition “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” which opens to the public June 8 and continues through June 2019.

The exhibition explores the era that shaped Oprah Winfrey’s life and early career in TV, her talk show that dominated daytime TV for 25 years and the ways in which she has influenced American popular culture. It features original artifacts from Harpo Studios in Chicago and from Smithsonian collections as well as video clips, interactives and photographs.

Following the remarks and brief Q&A session, media may visit the exhibition. Museum Director Lonnie Bunch and the exhibition co-curators will be available for questions, or one-on-one interviews upon request. TV crews who want to get B-roll before the remarks must make arrangements when they RSVP. There is limited space inside the theater for cameras. Note: Winfrey will not be present at the press preview.

Jermaine House

Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of African American History and Culture

(202) 633-9495

HouseJ@si.edu

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