My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection will exhibit more than 200 of her pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure as Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.
Photo credit: John Bigelow Taylor
The exhibition examines the collection both for its historic significance and for the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. The exhibition will be shown in the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Gallery, which is dedicated to the study and presentation of contemporary jewelry from around the world.
The design shown here is by Anton Lachmann and is aptly called "Blue Bird." It dates from circa 1880. The pin is set in 14K yellow gold, silver and enamel and features rubies and diamonds.
Ms. Albright was never shy about wearing her jewelry when she was in office, and she often made subtle statements about the experiences she had. Once, when a poet in residence of Saddam Hussein made a comment about her being an "unparalleled serpent", when she criticized Saddam, she responded by later meeting with Iraqi officials wearing a snake pin.
If you will be in NY for the latter part of this year, the Museum of Arts and Design is a stop that you will definitely want to make. The display of her pins and the story behind them should be fabulous. The combination of the jewelry and the historical statements behind them promisted to make the exhibition very special.
Albright also has a new book out called Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box which also gives a look at the 200 brooches as well as outlining the stories behind them. I'll discuss the book in more detail tomorrow.