Arts and Culture

Decode the Denver Art Museum and Madeleine Albright's pins at Untitled #46 (Cipher)

If you haven't already seen it, the exhibit Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection at the Denver Art Museum is so worth a look-see. That's because it's not just a collection of interesting antique and costume jewelry. Albright chose each brooch -- mostly collected over time at flea markets, gift shops and antique stores -- for its deeper meaning, and as Secretary of State, she wore the pins as a way to send a subtle message to whomever she met with in the global political arena. [jump]

So this show is a magic door into Albright's professional world of foreign policy, which she says "is not as interesting to most people as it is to me." At least not until the story behind each pin draws an audience.

Intrigued? It's hard not to be, and tonight's Untitled #46 (Cipher) event at the museum, which was inspired by the Albright exhibit, is all about sending messages in cryptic ways. From 6 to 10 p.m., you're invited to be a little bit sneaky, hunting down master puzzle-maker Kagen Schaefer's cipher table through a series of scavenger hunt clues (you might run into some Central City Opera singers acting strangely as you search), making your own message buttons with the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life crew, and learning about body language from art historian Giulia Bernardini.

As usual, there will be live music and a new installment of Buntport Theater's Joan and Charlie sitcom series; in the gallery, DAM education director Melora McDermott-Lewis will share insights into some of Albright's most interesting treasures.

All this is included in the regular museum admission (there's a two-for-one deal for students with a current ID), but to also see Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, you'll have to purchase a special ticket. For more information on the Unititled Series visit Untitled's website.

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