Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

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.


About Albright
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.


Exhibition Photos

Eagle Dancer c.1970 Jerry Roan
The special exhibition, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, will be on view at the LBJ Presidential Library through Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.
Monticello Flag c.1980 Butler & Wilson
A close up of Butterfly pins in the Read My Pins exhibition at the LBJ Library.


See photos from Secretary Albright's visit to the library for the opening of her exhibition.

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