Little Rock, Ark. (Feb. 15, 2010) -- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will open its newest temporary exhibit, "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection," on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. Admission to the Clinton Library will be free on this day to commemorate President's Day.
"Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary of State Albright wore to communicate a message during her diplomatic tenure. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language of its own. The exhibit accompanies Secretary Albright's latest book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (HarperCollins).
"I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal," Secretary Albright says in the book. "While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,' I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins.'"
Both the book and the exhibit explore the stories behind her pins, their political and diplomatic significance and information on their designers. The Clinton Center is only the second venue to host this prestigious collection. "Read My Pins" premiered in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design on Sept. 30, 2009.
"Secretary Albright broke conventional barriers in 1997 when she was named the first female secretary of state, becoming - at that time - the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government," said Stephanie S. Streett, executive director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation. "Visitors of every age can learn about the art of diplomacy by Secretary Albright's innovative practice of using jewelry to make a statement."
The exhibit will remain on view until June 1, 2010. "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" has been organized by the Museum of Arts and Design. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and by St. John Knits for the exhibition book. About the William J. Clinton Presidential Center The William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock, Arkansas, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world to its grounds each year.
Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation.
ABOUT MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
Madeleine K. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Serving from 1997 until 2001, she was the first woman to hold that position, which she assumed after four years as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. During her tenure, Dr. Albright was known for her strong commitment to democracy, arms control, human rights and peace in the Middle East, Africa and other regions of conflict. She played a lead role in forging America's successful response to terror and ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and was a forceful advocate of bringing war criminals to justice.
Since leaving office, Dr. Albright has authored four New York Times bestsellers. Her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir, was published in 2003. A second book, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs, entered bookstores in 2006. Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership was published in 2008. Her latest book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box was published in 2009.
Currently, Albright serves as a Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory company focused on emerging markets. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and is president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Albright serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts on NATO's New Strategic Concept.