New exhibition at the National Museum of African American History places Winfrey and her storied career at the centre of the American story.
The first thing that becomes apparent walking into the new Oprah Winfrey exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is that Winfrey isn’t there. No photos, no quotes or memorabilia, no clips from her decades-long career.
That’s notable given that it is a first of its kind dedication to one of the biggest personalities in American culture at the nation’s premier museum dedicated to the African American experience. One of the world’s wealthiest women and a self-made billionaire who grew up wearing potato sacks in the Jim Crow south, Winfrey is still relevant decades after she first came on the screen – with some even calling for her to run for president now.
Oprah Winfrey 'definitely' rules out 2020 run for US president But the story on display in the new temporary exhibition, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, which opens its doors to the general public on 8 June, is one that’s bigger than Winfrey– and her story is huge. As exhibit co-curator Kathleen Kendrick put it to the Guardian: “It’s about Oprah, but you don’t see Oprah.”
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