Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

July 11 to September 27, 2015

The exhibition showcases over 200 pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to communicate a message during her diplomatic tenure. In 1997, Madeleine K. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at the 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,” Secretary 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.'"

This exhibit was originally organized by the Museum of Arts and Design. Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits. Location: Hall Gallery.