Denver, CO – October 4, 2011 – The exhibition of brooches from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright will open at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) on April 15, 2012. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure.
The exhibition examines the collection for its historical ties as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Gallagher Family Gallery through June 17, 2012.
In 1997, Albright 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. While serving under President Bill Clinton, first as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then as Secretary of State, Albright became known for wearing brooches that purposefully conveyed her views about the situation at hand. “I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal,” Albright has said. “While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,’ I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins.’”