Commencement 14: Club Filipina
Tower Court Complex Movie Night
Tower Court Complex Spring Fling
HCC Tumbler Sale
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Hawai'i Club Lu'au
MIT/Wellesley Toons Spring Concert
Exhibition: Read My Pins
The Madeleine Albright Collection
During her career, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ‘59, famously used her jewelry to convey diplomatic messages. From June 9 through July 20, 2014, the Davis Museum will present the New England premiere of the exhibition Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, which reveals an intriguing story of American history and foreign policy as told through Secretary Albright’s jeweled pins.
“I am delighted to bring this collection to my alma mater,” said Madeleine Albright, who studied political science and has since launched the Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley. “Wellesley was one of the first places that gave me the opportunity to engage with global politics, develop my political views, and explore creative ways to express those views--so it’s only fitting to bring pins and politics back to Wellesley.”
On June 16, Secretary Albright will give a talk and book signing at Wellesley. Read My Pins: a conversation with Madeleine Albright '59 and Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly, will be held at the College’s Alumnae Hall. The event is free and open to the general public.
In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. While serving under President Bill Clinton, first as U.S ambassador to the United Nations, and then as Secretary of State, Albright became known for wearing brooches that purposefully conveyed her views about the situation at hand. “I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal” Secretary Albright has said. “While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,’ I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins.’"
Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, this unique traveling exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Sparkling with Albright’s wit and energy, the collection is notable for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own.
The collection that Secretary Albright cultivated is distinctive and democratic—sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken—spanning more than a century of jewelry design and including fascinating pieces from across the globe. The works on view are chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry. Together the pieces in this expressive collection explore the power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language of its own.
Over the years, Secretary Albright’s pins became a part of her public persona, and they chart the course of an extraordinary journey, carving out a visual path through international and cultural diplomacy. 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.
The exhibition also showcases a group of Americana, which is at the center of the Madeleine Albright collection. One of her most original pieces is a pin made especially for her. The silver brooch shows the head of Lady Liberty with two watch faces for eyes, one of which is upside down—allowing both her and her visitor to see when it is time for an appointment to end. As demonstrated in this clever work, Read My Pins explores Albright’s ongoing impact on the field of jewelry design and collecting.
About Madeleine Albright
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.
In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Dr. Albright is a 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 serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.
Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.
On view in the Bronfman & Chandler Galleries, timed tickets are required for this special exhibition. Available now, tickets are $18 for adults, and $9 for seniors (65+). Children (18 and under), and all students with a valid ID are free. To purchase tickets, please click here.
A beautifully illustrated book Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box by Harper Collins publishers accompanies the exhibition and will be available for sale at the Davis. The publication, authored by Secretary Albright, reveals the full story behind the collection, and illustrates its best examples.
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection is presented with major support from the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund for World Cultures and Leadership, with additional funding provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art.
The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, with generous support for the original exhibition provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits.
Photo credit: Serpent pin, circa 1860. Designer unknown. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor.
Drop-In Art Making and Sketching in the Galleries
As part of the Boston Better project, join the Davis on the anniversary of the Boston Bombing for a day of reflection, healing, and art making. Drop in any time between 11:00am and 5:00pm to make colorful origami humming birds that will be proudly displayed along the Route 135 Boston Marathon route in a gesture of peace, or grab a sketchbook from the front desk and head into the galleries for quiet inspiration and contemplation. Free and open to the community.
#BostonBetter has multiple meanings. On one hand, better means healing: better physically and emotionally. But it also means an improvement in quality: a better choice, a better life. It is Abraham Lincoln's "better angels of our nature" and William Faulkner's "try to be better than yourself."
In April 2014 for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, Boston-area cultural institutions plan to open our doors wide to help our community feel better and be better. We want to start a conversation: What will help you heal? What will help the city heal? Together, how can we show the world that our response to this tragedy is to summon our best selves, individually and collectively?
What will make #BostonBetter?
Smithsonian Sr. Curator John Hanhardt
John Hanhardt in Conversation with Francesc Torres
John Hanhardt, in conversation withMellon Visiting Artist Francesc Torres, will discussthe impact that time-based art in general, and multimedia installation in particular, had in the 1970's in shaping the contemporary art museum as an active agent in the creation of new art, a radical departure from the museum's traditional role as a receiver and preserver of already stablished work. This transformation had no precedent at the time and it constitutes a landmark in the art history the second half of the XX Century.
Hanhardt has been the senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum since September 2006. He is responsible for a media arts initiative at the museum which includes acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs and archival research resources related to film, video and the media arts. Hanhardt was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from 1996 to 2006. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Before that, he established the film department and film study collection at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.