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"Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection"

The collection features more than 200 pins and brooches worn by former Secretary of State Albright. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. 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 (1993-1997), and then as Secretary of State (1997-2001), Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. A shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes. "Read My Pins" will explore the stories behind these works as well as their historical and artistic significance, and will be accompanied by a book, "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box," published by HarperCollins.


Oct. 18-Jan. 21


LBJ Presidential Library AUSTIN, Texas

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Phone: 512-721-0216


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