Political junkies and feminists alike may be delighted about the pins and needles exhibit coming soon to the Denver Art Museum in April 2012.
"Read My Pins" is the emblematic collection of former U.S. Secretary Madeleine Albright's pins worn during her history-making diplomatic tenure. Secretary Albright was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the first woman to serve as the U.S. Secretary of State, and the highest ranking woman in politics of her time. Many of the delicate-looking ornaments were worn by her to relay a symbolic message or tone during her trips abroad.
"I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal," Albright has said of her collection.
One of Albright's most famous is a gold snake pin, which she tells CNN she wore to Iraq after Saddam Hussein called her a serpent.
"So I decided I had a snake pin that I bought earlier sometime, so I thought 'I'll wear it when we do Iraq' so I in fact did wear it. President Bush had said 'Read my lips' so I said, 'Read my pins.'
Since Albright's tenure, the only other women to serve as Secretary of State are Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton. The exhibit will be on view through June 17, 2012.