From left, David D. Ho, Madeleine K. Albright, Bill T. Jones, Rita Moreno and Spike Lee attend the National Portrait Gala on Sunday. (Zach Hilty/BFA)

At perhaps the most meta event of the D.C. gala season, VIPs from all walks of life spent Sunday evening admiring themselves (literally) at the National Portrait Gallery’s American Portrait Gala.

The biennial event honored five distinguished figures — who happen to have their own portraits hanging in the museum — with the Portrait of a Nation Prize: former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright, AIDS researcher David D. Ho, choreographer Bill T. Jones, film director Spike Lee and multi-award-winning actress Rita Moreno.

Topping off the VIP quotient of the night were Oscar winner Robert Redford and NBA champion Patrick Ewing, who were among the luminaries presenting this year’s class of honorees with their awards during the ceremony.


Madeleine K. Albright. (Zach Hilty/BFA)

David Rubenstein with Beth Rudin DeWoody. (Zach Hilty/BFA)

Esperanza Spalding ended the night with a performance. (Zach Hilty/BFA)

Patrick Ewing, left, and Spike Lee. (Zach Hilty/BFA)