Wellesley residents to read Albright’s pins for free

Serpent Pin, circa 1860. Designer unknown. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor

Serpent Pin, circa 1860. Designer unknown. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor

THE DAVIS MUSEUM AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE

PRESENTS THE NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF

READ MY PINS: THE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT COLLECTION

JUNE 9 – JULY 20, 2014

 

Wellesley residents are invited to preview the exhibition at 

Free Neighborhood Day on Wednesday, June 4 from 11am – 8pm.  

Reserve tickets are required and are available at www.showclix.com/event/3822792.

 

During her career, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Wellesley College class of 1959, famously used her jewelry to convey diplomatic messages.  From June 9 through July 20, 2014, the Davis Museum will host the only New England presentation of the exhibition Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, which reveals an intriguing story of American history and foreign policy as told through over 200 of  Secretary Albright’s jeweled pins. The works on view are chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry.

A highlight of the exhibition will be the brooch that began Secretary Albright’s unusual use of pins as a tool in her diplomatic arsenal. After Saddam Hussein’s government-controlled press referred to her as a serpent in 1994, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq.  Read My Pins will feature the famous snake brooch among many other pins with similar stories—some associated with important world events, others gifts from international leaders or valued friends.

On Monday, June 16 at 7 p.m., Secretary Albright will give a free talk and book signing at Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall.    Free reserved tickets are required for the talk and are available at www.theDavis.org.

TICKETS:  Timed tickets are required for this special exhibition and available at  www.theDavis.org  Tickets are $18 for adults, and $9 for seniors (65+).  Children (18 and under), and all students with a valid ID are free.

 

 

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