Madeleine Albright has been called many names. Among them: cold-blooded, cruel, and snakelike.
The story goes that the former United Nations Ambassador and first female Secretary of State was christened an “unparalleled serpent” by the Iraqi press after comments about Sadaam Hussein’s aversion to complying with UN inspections. (The first time. This was the ‘90s.) At her next meeting with Iraqi officials, Albright wore a gold pin of a serpent coiled around a branch — a subtle move that spoke volumes.
That pin is amongst more than 200 others on display during “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” at the Phoenix Art Museum. The eclectic collection includes an arrow resembling a missile (worn during negotiations with Russia), brooches honoring suffragettes, and some emblazoned with jewels.
The exhibition is open through Sunday, April 20, at 1625 North Central Avenue. Admission is $15. Call 602-257-1222 or visit www.phxart.org.