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Hip Trip

| March 20, 2014 | Parties

Talk about a hot night! DC’s coolest cats gathered to get the first look at Audrey Hepburn, Jay-Z and 98 other cultural rebels that defined what it means to be an American icon. Guests mixed and mingled among the photographs—shot by greats like Annie Leibovitz and Robert Mapplethorpe—while watching a mesmerizing modern dance performance by Company E and sipping signature Cool Blue martinis.

The art set turned out in force for the Smithsonian soiree, including the Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet and many of the exhibition’s photographers, including Bob Gruen, Danny Clinch and Kate Simon.

Curator Joel Dinerstein spoke with DC about the importance of staking a cool claim for the nation’s capital. “I’m excited that this [exhibit] is happening here at the Smithsonian, where history meets culture,” he said. “We need to have a conversation about what it means to be cool.” We couldn’t agree more. –Photos by Mark Gulezian


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