Art Out: National Portrait Gallery's 'Face Forward --> Artist Party"

Art Out: National Portrait Gallery's 'Face Forward --> Artist Party"

 Left to right: National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, Elizabeth Ryan, Phil Ryan, and Smithsonian Institution Secretary David J. Skorton attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right: National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, Elizabeth Ryan, Phil Ryan, and Smithsonian Institution Secretary David J. Skorton attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

On Saturday, Nov. 10, more than 500 special guests gathered at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery sporting creative dress for the museum’s “Face Forward—>Artist Party”. The evening soirée was hosted by Kin Sajet (Director) with the exhibition leadership commitee 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 occasion celebrated the Portrait Gallery’s 50 years and the many artists who have contributed to the latest chapter of portraiture in America. The night offered passed hors d’œuvres, cocktails and desserts, caricature stations, music by voilinist Joe Kye and DJ Ayes Cold. Special remarks were shared by Cathy Podell (Commissioner) and Kim Sajet (Director). Guests also enjoyed a private viewing of “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today” featuring more than 75 artist self-portraits, largely drawn from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The exhibition remains on view through Aug. 18. 2019.

 Left to right: Catherine Podell and Michael Podell attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right: Catherine Podell and Michael Podell attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Left to right, Curator Dorothy Moss, artist Kadir Nelson, Jungmiwha Bullock and Kate Capshaw attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right, Curator Dorothy Moss, artist Kadir Nelson, Jungmiwha Bullock and Kate Capshaw attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Artist Alison Saar, left, and artist Harry Gamboa, Jr., right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Artist Alison Saar, left, and artist Harry Gamboa, Jr., right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Artist Jefferson Pinder, left, and artist Byron Kim, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Artist Jefferson Pinder, left, and artist Byron Kim, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Left to right, Wendy Wick Reaves, John Reaves, Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right, Wendy Wick Reaves, John Reaves, Patricia Quealy Moore and Walter Moore attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Left to right, curator Ann Shumard, artist Jessica Todd Harper, and curator Leslie Ureña attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right, curator Ann Shumard, artist Jessica Todd Harper, and curator Leslie Ureña attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Artist Kumi Yamashita, left, and curator Asma Naeem, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Artist Kumi Yamashita, left, and curator Asma Naeem, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Artist Ken Gonzales-Day, left, and National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Artist Ken Gonzales-Day, left, and National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, right, attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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 Left to right, artist Kadir Nelson, Joe Ujobai and Jungmiwha attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.  ©Photo by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery)

Left to right, artist Kadir Nelson, Joe Ujobai and Jungmiwha attend the "Face Forward Artist Party" at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Washington.

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