Pin Up Girl

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

Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Nov. 23. Continues through April 20, 2013
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Janessa is a native Phoenician. She joined New Times as a contributor in 2013. You can connect with her on social media at @janessahilliard, and she promises you'll find no pictures of cats on her Instagram — but plenty of cocktails.
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