April 2012: Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Opens, DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, Yves Saint Laurent’s Style Pass and Other Highlights

(Denver, Colo.) March 27, 2012 — On April 15, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection will open at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). This beautiful and eclectic display of brooches from the personal collection of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright features more than 200 pins, many of which she wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. The exhibition examines the collection for its historical ties as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own.

While serving under President Bill Clinton, first as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then as Secretary of State, Albright became known for wearing brooches that conveyed her views about the situation at hand. “I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal,” Albright has said. “While President George H.W. Bush had been known for saying ‘Read my lips,’ I began urging colleagues and reporters to ‘Read my pins.’” Visitors to this unique exhibition will have the chance to do just that. On view through June 17, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection is included in general admission.

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

On view through July 8, 2012

From sparkling accessories to haute couture, there’s a wealth of fashion to enjoy at the DAM this spring. Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective is now on view in its only U.S. stop. This stunning exhibition explores the full arc of Saint Laurent’s 40 years of creativity and impact on the fashion world through a combination of photographs, drawings, films and other multimedia elements, and a selection of 200 dazzling haute couture outfits. All exhibition visitors also receive an exclusive Style Pass card that will give them special rewards at more than 80 locations around Denver. Style Pass holders can show their card at participating businesses including Denver Pavilions, Fancy Tiger Crafts and Cherry to redeem everything from special discounts to free gifts.

Make a night of it with one of 12 hotel packages featuring VIP front-of-the line tickets and other special amenities! Visit www.YSLdenver.comfor full details on Yves Saint Laurent hotel packages.

Dated and timed tickets for Yves Saint Laurent, which include an audio guide and general museum admission, are available at the museum, online at www.YSLdenver.com or by phone at 720-913-0130. Service fees apply to online and phone orders.

Visitors also can check out the Fashion Studio, open daily for hands-on exploration. On weekends, fashion designers will take you through the secrets of fashion design. Free with general admission; no reservations required.

Weekend schedule; Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sundays noon–3 p.m.

March 31 & April 1, April 7 & 8 — Gabriel Conroy, Fashion Illustration

April 14 & 15, April 21 & 22 — James Silvrants, Styling, Design and Construction

April 28 & 29, May 5 &6 — Kotomi Yoshida, Upcycling Outdated Clothing

Untitled #46 (Cipher)

April 27, 6–10 p.m.

In April, Untitled takes a look at artists’ hidden meanings, codes and the old-fashioned puzzle at Untitled #46 (Cipher). Look behind adornment to the subtle messages expressed by jewelry in Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. Watch the latest installment of Buntport Theater’s Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme, take an unusual detour and experience offbeat art encounters. Add in local music, munchies and a cash bar and you have an exciting night out at the museum. Untitled events are included in general museum admission (free for DAM members). Students with a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased onsite. For details, visit collective.denverartmuseum.org.

DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting

April 20, 6–9 pm

Don't miss the 12th annual DAM Uncorked Wine Tasting, a festive evening for anyone who enjoys and appreciates wine presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits. Enjoy more than 300 wines from vintners around the world, helpful tasting guides and delicious hors d’oeuvres at this annual fundraising event. Business casual attire.

Tickets are $90 DAM members, $125 nonmembers and $45 for designated drivers. First Taste begins at 5 p.m., providing early access to all the wines. First Taste tickets are available for an additional $35 per person. All ticket prices increase by $10 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase online until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Wine Tasting tickets are nonrefundable. Tasting tickets also include general admission (not including Yves Saint Laurent) to the museum on Friday, April 20, during regular museum hours. For more information, contact Gravely Wilson at gwilson@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-2763.

Día del Niño/Day of the Children

April 29, noon–4 p.m.

Enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming celebrating children from around the world during this special celebration at the DAM, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Public Library (DPL), Byers-Evans House Museum and History Colorado Center. Free general admission at the DAM (Yves Saint Laurent not included), Clyfford Still Museum, DPL and the Byers-Evans House Museum. History Colorado Center free for kids 12 and under. No reservations required. For information, contact cricciardi@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0169.

Sponsored by DAM’s Latino Outreach Committee, Mexican Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center.

Free First Saturday, sponsored by Target

April 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy the museum’s collections and regular exhibition for free. A ticket is still required for special ticketed exhibitions like Yves Saint Laurent. Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 a.m. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Create Playdate: Fancy

April 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Drop in with your little ones (ages 3–5) for all sorts of fun with fashion. We’ll be looking at the past fashions in our portrait gallery to inspire our story time and make tot-sized accessories. Upcoming themes include Grow (May 9) and Shrink (June 13). Activities are free with general admission; kids 5 and younger are free. No reservations required. For more information, contact familyprograms@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0130.

Image credit lines:

Liberty, 1997. Gijs Bakker, Netherlands. Sterling silver, stainless silver watches. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor.

The Last Ball gallery, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. Photo by Jeff Wells.