Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

November 7, 2010-January 30, 2011

Blue Bird, Anton Lachmann (Austria), circa 1880.

Blue Bird, Anton Lachmann (Austria), circa 1880.

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection highlights over 200 pins from the unique collection of the former Secretary of State. The Madeleine Albright collection includes pins of every description, many with fascinating stories attached. Some of the pieces are associated with important world events, others were gifts from international leaders or valued friends. A select number of the pins are fine antiques, most are costume jewelry, chosen for the symbolic messages they might convey. As the fame of Albright's pins has grown, so has their variety and number. Distinctive as it is democratic, this often whimsical collection spans more than a century of jewelry design and includes pieces from across the globe.
On November 11, 2010, Secretary Albright visited the IMA. During her talk, My Life with Pins, Secretary Albright discusses her collection, from the gold serpent brooch she wore in response to a poem published by Saddam Hussein’s press, to gifts—like the pin she received from the family of a woman who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The program includes an audience Q&A with Secretary Albright moderated by Maxwell Anderson, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of IMA.

An additional interview took place with Niloo Imami-Paydar, Curator of Textile & Fashion Arts and Secretary Albright in the Read My Pins Exhibition.

Read my Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by Bren Simon. Support for the catalogue has been provided by St. John Knits.

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