Read My Pins
Mint Museum hosts private reception for Madeleine Albright exhibit
On Friday, July 13th, Secretary Madeleine Albright appeared at the Mint Museum for a members-only reception celebrating Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, currently on exhibit through September.
“I am delighted that the pin exhibition will be at the spectacular Mint Museum, particularly at such an important time for Charlotte,” said Secretary Albright. “This is an exciting time for Charlotte residents to share with the rest of the world the city’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.”
The more than 200 works of both fine antiques and costume jewelry were chosen for their symbolic value. Albright has shared that throughout her public service career she used her jewelry to convey diplomatic messages. By sharing her jewelry, she offers insightful tales of foreign policy and American history.
“While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,’ I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins’,” Albright has said. This traveling exhibition is accompanied by the book “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box” (2009), which is on sale now in The Mint Museum Shops.
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection is brought to The Mint Museum through the support of Perry’s at SouthPark. Generous support for the original exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits. Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
- Photos by Joe Martin