Past Exhibitions | Oct, 28 2017 4:00AM - Jan, 21 2018 11:00AM
Shortly after becoming a diplomat, Madeleine Albright discovered the power of jewelry to convey a foreign policy message. Before long, she began selecting appropriate pins and brooches to wear to particular meetings, visually expressing her high hopes, determination, impatience, or warm feelings. The jewelry, described by Albright as "Pins of the People," soon became her diplomatic signature.
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection featured more than 200 beautiful and vibrant pins and brooches from her personal collection. The exhibition examined the jewelry for their historic significance as well as for their expressive power and ability to communicate through a style and language of their own.
And after nine years as a traveling exhibition, Read My Pins ended its run at the LBJ Library.
Additional exhibition details
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Bren Simon. Support for the catalogue Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, was provided by St. John Knits.
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet. She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.