Exhibitions

New Permanent Exhibit at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

First inaugural galleryThe Roosevelt Library’s new permanent museum exhibits were recently installed with $6 million in private funds raised by the Roosevelt Institute, the Library’s private, non-profit partner.

The new exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and World War II with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people.

Special interactives, immersive audio‐visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era as the Roosevelt Library brings a “New Deal to a New Generation.”

The new museum contains many interactive exhibits including touch screen experiences at the Oval Office Desk and FDR’s Ford Phaeton. “Confront the Issues” are ten interactive touch screens strategically located throughout the exhibition that offer visitors the opportunity to explore digital “flipbooks” that contain documents, Map Room interactive in the Library's new permanent exhibitphotographs, and excerpts from historians -- with multiple viewpoints -- related to controversial issues during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency. Topics include “Japanese American Internment,” “FDR and the Holocaust,” “FDR’s Health,” and “Did the New Deal Really Work?”

The new galleries feature two immersive Fireside Chat Environments. Each of these environments will have a radio and period furnishings, inviting visitors to sit and listen. After the Chat audio concludes, visitors can hear readings of actual letters -- representing a variety of opinions -- giving the visitor a chance to hear how Americans felt about the president’s leadership during the Depression and World War II. The 500 square foot Map Room exhibit recreates FDR’s secret White House Map Room. The walls within the room also feature projections of maps and timelines of key battles and decisions, as well as animations. Visitors can follow along with the maps just as FDR did, and understand the importance and context of his strategies.

Visitors use the Oval Office desk interactive at the Library's new permanent exhibitAt the center of the Map Room are six interactive tables featuring animation and videos, spotlights on key countries and meetings that took place during the war, and trivia quiz opportunities. It also displays memos, calendars, and multiple maps used by FDR and his military advisers.

“Behind the Scenes” provides visitors with an extraordinary opportunity to see large numbers of museum objects that don’t appear in the permanent exhibition. This special area of the new museum features storerooms with large glass viewing areas making it possible for visitors to get a special peek into the collections of the President and First Lady. Here, visitors can see FDR’s model ship collection, his 1936 Ford Phaeton (with hand-controls), Val-Kill furniture, family paintings and portraits, New Deal art and gifts of state.

Special Temporary Exhibition

READ MY PINS Exhibit PanelREAD MY PINS:
The Madeleine Albright Collection

August 9 - November 2, 2014

Featuring a collection of more than 200 symbolic and historically significant pins, this exhibit explores how Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used jewelry as a diplomatic, political and social tool. READ MY PINS is sponsored by the Library's nonprofit partner, the Roosevelt Institute, and organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

The exhibition will be on display in the William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York from August 9, 2014 through November 2, 2014. Regular hours and admission apply.

In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. 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 purposefully conveyed her views about the situation at hand. "I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal" Secretary 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.'"

"Serpent" - Photo by John Bigelow Taylor

Sparkling with Albright's wit and energy -- the collection is notable for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. The collection is distinctive and democratic --sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken -- spanning more than a century of jewelry design and including fascinating pieces from across the globe. The works on view are chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry. Together the pieces in this expressive collection explore the power of jewelry to communicate through a style and language of its own.

Over the years, Secretary Albright's pins became a part of her public persona, and they chart the course of an extraordinary journey, carving out a visual path through international and cultural diplomacy. A highlight of the exhibition will be the brooch that began Secretary Albright's unusual use of pins as a tool in her diplomatic arsenal. After Saddam Hussein's government-controlled press referred to her as a serpent in 1994, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq. READ MY PINS features the famous snake brooch among many other pins with similar stories -- some associated with important world events, others gifts from international leaders or valued friends.

The exhibition also showcases a group of Americana, which is at the center of the Madeleine Albright collection. One of her most original pieces is a pin made specifically for her. The silver brooch shows the head of Lady Liberty with two watch faces for eyes, one of which is upside down -- allowing both her and her visitor to see when it is time for an appointment to end. As demonstrated in this clever work, READ MY PINS explores Albright's ongoing impact on the field of jewelry design and collecting. 

 


Online Exhibit: Art of the New Deal 

Artwork featured in exhibit: Art of the New Deal Art of the New Deal features a selection of New Deal art from the collections of the FDR Library. Click the link above or the image to the left to enter the online exhibit.

 

 

Traveling and Joint Exhibitions

The museum maintains an active program of traveling exhibitions. We also present joint exhibitions with other museums and libraries. Contact Supervisory Museum Curator Herman Eberhardt if you are interested in bringing one of our traveling exhibits to your institution.

Now Available:

This Great Nation Will Endure: Photographs of the Great Depression

Stauth Memorial Museum
Montezuma, Kansas
March 9-June 8, 2014

FDR: His Vision, Our Freedoms, Still Alive   |   Download the Exhibit Banners

Banners Along the Hudson: FDR's Hudson River Collections   |    Download the Exhibit Banners

 
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