The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery celebrated its 2019 Portrait Circle Spring Soirée on April 8, with a conversation on art, portraiture, and fashion featuring Christy Turlington Burns and Tonne Goodman. More than 200 guests gathered under the museum’s Foster + Partners-designed Kogod Courtyard to enjoy champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a program of remarks beginning with introductions by the museum’s Portrait Circle co-chairs Bobbi Smith and Henry L. Thaggert III. The fashion icons Turlington and Goodman then took the stage for a conversation moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash.
At the end of the evening the National Portrait Gallery’s Director Kim Sajet presented silver envelopes as Gala Chairs Kristen Cecchi, Randi Charno Levine and Joseph Ujobai revealed the honorees for the 2019 American Portrait Gala to take place Sun, Nov. 17, 2019.
The third edition of the museum’s biennial gala is set to present honorees Frances Arnold, scientist, engineer and Nobel Laureate; Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, owner of the Washington Post, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist; Earth Wind & Fire (Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson), Grammy-winning band; Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning composer, lyricist, actor and creator of the Broadway production Hamilton: An American Musical; Indra Nooyi, business executive and named by Forbes as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women; and Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue, with the “Portrait of a Nation Prize” this fall.