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What Madeleine Albright Bought at the Museum Shop

We were fortunate to host former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the museum recently during the opening of her exhibition, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. Known to be quite the shopper, we had everyone in the Museum Shop on high alert lest she make her way into the store. She not only found her way, but also made some fabulous purchases. The large selection of pins piqued her interest, but she was also curious about local designers and pins that represented our part of the country.

I'm a sucker for shopping, with anyone, for anyone – my sister knows to call me after a great purchase just so I can hear about it! I thought that others might also appreciate knowing exactly what she bought as well. Here is the rundown.

She purchased:

  • Two satellite brooches by Rebecca Zemans, a Chicago-based designer inspired by biological cells and celestial bodies
  • A coffee cup pin and a cupcake pin by Colorado artist Sean Brown who creates each piece from hand-cut clay, then paints and glazes them with 22 karat gold before firing them
  • A blue cornflower pin by Michael Michaud, an artist based in Connecticut who is largely inspired by nature
  • A large blue bear figurine as a nod to the famous outdoor sculpture I See What You Mean by local artist Lawrence Argent
  • A few Yves Saint Laurent-related items including postcards and a sketch book

Happy shopping!

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection is on view through June 17.

Ashley Pritchard is communications and media relations manager at the Denver Art Museum. Ashley has been at the DAM since 2008 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. She gets to peruse the galleries some mornings around 4 am for TV segments and loves having a little quiet time with the art.