Walking the Red Carpet at the American Portrait Gala (photos)

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery held its 2019 American Portrait Gala on Sunday, Nov. 17, with more than 700 attendees representing some of the top names in science, entertainment and the arts. The event celebrated this year’s acquisitions and raised more than $2 million in support of the museum’s endowment for exhibitions.

The event honored Frances Arnold, scientist, engineer and Nobel laureate; Jeffrey P. Bezos, tech entrepreneur and philanthropist; award-winning American band Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White [posthumously], Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson)Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer, lyricist and actor; Indra Nooyi, business executive; and Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, U.S. artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast.

Honorees received the museum’s “Portrait of a Nation Prize” for their significant contributions to the nation’s shared history, development and culture. As part of the evening’s festivities, guests were treated to a private viewing of the honorees’ portraits, which will remain on view in the museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition through Aug. 30, 2020.

View Jeff Malet’s photos from the America Portrait Gala red carpet by clicking on the photo icons below.


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