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"Cheers for Charity"

Feb 26 - 26, 2015
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17th Annual Martin…

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Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Feb 26 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Feb 26 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Feb 26 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Feb 26 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Henry Turner Jr. &…

Feb 26 - 26, 2015
The Listening Room has re-opened with great talent and live music from… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

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Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Music at the Mint…

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Melanie Gardner is a versatile singer who fronts a jazz combo, appears in… more

Ogden After Hours…

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Join us for Ogden After Hours for Lynn Drury. more

Tennessee Williams:…

Feb 26 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Blue Nile…

Feb 26 - 26, 2015
Come join us at the Blue Nile for Marco Benevento plus Matt Dillon Band. more

The Columns Hotel…

Feb 26 - Mar 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

The New Orleans…

Feb 26 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

The Trio feat. Johnny…

Feb 26 - 26, 2015
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Warehouse Grille…

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Warehouse Grille, presents a live performance by Troy Sawyer and The Elementz… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for a  stellar event, as we celebrate the opening of the… more

Ashé presents the…

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Based on the book of the same name written by Dr. David A. Anderson. Adapted… more

Documentary ‘Big…

Feb 27 - 28, 2015
Join us for the documentary film "Big Charity" at the Joy Theater.… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Feb 27 - 27, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

"Cheers for Charity"

Feb 26 - 26, 2015
 Join us at the Rusty Nail for their weekly "Cheers for Charity"… more

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Grace Wilson
Director of Communications & Marketing
New Orleans Museum of Art
gwilson@noma.org
(504) 658-4106

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
Former Secretary of State will visit NOMA on May 23

"Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H.W. Bush had been known for saying 'Read my lips.' I began encouraging colleagues and reporters to 'Read my pins.'" - Madeleine Albright

Tweet Release: "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection" on display @NOMA1910 May 24 to Aug 14.

New Orleans, LA - On Monday, May 23, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one of the most influential women in the history of U.S. politics, will visit the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) for its launch of Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, which features over 200 pins from her personal collection. The exhibition, organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, will be on display to the public at NOMA from May 24 to August 14.

During her tenure as a U.S. Ambassador to the UN and as U.S. Secretary of State, Albright made pins part of her diplomatic signature and used them as an unconventional means of communication when meeting with foreign leaders. Albright's pins were worn to signify hope, emphasize the importance of a negotiation, protest the absence of progress, and demonstrate her pride in America.

A highlight of the exhibition that will carry significant meaning in New Orleans is what Albright refers to as "the Katrina Pin." A gentleman whose mother died as a result of Hurricane Katrina gave Albright a flower pin composed of amethysts and diamonds. "I wear it as a reminder that jewelry's greatest value comes not from intrinsic materials or brilliant designs, but from the emotions we invest," Albright said.

Most jewelry enthusiasts focus their attention on the preciousness of the material, such as gold, silver, rubies, and diamonds. However, Albright's pins are for the most part ordinary in their monetary value, even in some cases made from common materials like metal, plastic, and glass. This makes Albright's collection of pins similar to one anyone could own - they are truly "pins of the people."

Unlike most collectors who set out with specific tastes or goals in mind, Albright allowed her collection to grow organically in relation to changing experiences and opportunities in both her career and personal life. The pins represent the events that have engaged Albright and provide a window into her past.

Albright's process of acquiring her pins also gives her collection a charming randomness and accessibility. By purchasing pins at jewelry stores and art galleries, as well as at craft fairs and flea markets, Albright was able to discover pins she felt spoke specifically to her.

The exhibition explores the stories behind these pieces and their historical and artistic significance. It is accompanied by a book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009), published by HarperCollins, which also serves as the catalogue for the show.

Generous support for the exhibition in New Orleans has been provided by The Lupin Foundation; Peoples Health; children of Dorothy Cobb Levy, in memory of their mother; and the Windsor Court Hotel. Generous support for the original exhibition was provided by Bren Simon and for the exhibition catalogue by St. John Knits.

Monday, May 23 - Opening Events

2:30 p.m. - Press Preview

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Conversation with The Honorable Madeleine Albright & Mayor Mitchell Landrieu

[Open to the public, but seating is limited, please RSVP at (504) 658-4100]

6 p.m. - Exhibition preview followed by book signing

Tuesday, May 24 - Exhibition opens to the public

NOMA ADMISSION

Wednesdays are FREE for all museum visitors. Adults, $10; Seniors (65 and up) and Students, $8; Children 7-­17, $6; Children 6 and under, free. Free Wednesdays are made possible through the generosity of The Helis Foundation.

ABOUT NOMA AND THE BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 30,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing exhibitions, are on view in the museum's 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, featuring work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century's great master sculptors, is free. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for Fridays when it's open until 8:45 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available at the front desk.

For more information, call (504) 658-­4100 or visit www.noma.org.

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