BY TIA DABNEY
This past weekend SAAM and Brightest Young Things hosted an after-hours event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum featuring the opening of Irving Penn Beyond Beauty. The event boasted a colorful environment with greenery and bright lights. Guests listened to various DJ sets and local bands while drinking specialty cocktails and eating local favorites like Shake Shack, while taking in the new exhibit.
Irving Penn, known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images that appeared in Vogue, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition features work from all stages of Penn’s career; 146 photographs from the museum’s permanent collection, including the debut of 100 photographs recently donated to the museum by The Irving Penn Foundation. The exhibit is open until March 20th, 2016.