The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. On Saturday, Nov. 10, more than 500 special guests gathered at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in the theme of “creative dress” for the museum’s “Face Forward → Artist Party”.
The occasion celebrated the Portrait Gallery’s 50 years and the many artists who have contributed to the latest chapter of portraiture in America. The evening soirée was hosted by Kim Sajet (Director) with the exhibition leadership committee Michael and Catherine Podell, Glen and Sakie Fukushima, John Daniel Reaves and Wendy Wick Reaves, Elle G. Miles and Neil R. Green, and Walter Moore and Patricia Quealy Moore.
The night offered passed hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails and desserts, caricature stations, music by violinist Joe Kye and DJ Ayes Cold.
Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists, whose lives tell the American story.
“Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today”, an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 50 years, is also on view from November 2 – August 18, 2019.