November 7, 2010- January 30, 2011

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Images and Photos from READ MY PINS: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box by Madeleine K. Albright (Harper) Photographs by John Bigelow Taylor


 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.

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* Thank you to Petra Slinkard, Tascha Mae Horowitz, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art for this information.

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