2013. Megumi Sasaki. 87 min. USA. Color
Q & A with Dorothy Vogel at the 12/22 screening!
Attend a screening of the original documentary, HERB & DOROTHY, on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3pm. One screening only! Tickets and information here.
AWARDS FOR HERB & DOROTHY:
- Golden Starfish Award, Best Documentary Film
- Audience Award, 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival
- Audience Award, 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival
- Audience Award, 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest
- Best of Fest, 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, 2009 Provincetown International Film Festival
- The Chlotrudis Award for Best Documentary 2009
- Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award 2009
- Museum Store Association Buyers Choice Award, 2010 Books and Multimedia
-In 2008, the filmmaker and the Vogels received a standing ovation at Art Basel Miami Beach, where HERB & DOROTHY was screened before a packed audience.
The film was also invited to art fairs around the world including Art Fair Tokyo, Art Taipei, and Art Fair Moscow. Additionally, HERB & DOROTHY opened the season for popular PBS series Independent Lens in 2009.
Since 2008, when Megumi Sasaki’s first documentary film HERB & DOROTHY was released in the US, the extraordinary story of ordinary art collector couple Herb and Dorothy Vogel has touched the hearts of millions beyond the art world.
Herb was a retired postal clerk and Dorothy a librarian, and the pair began collecting the works of young and unknown artists soon after they were married in the early 1960s.
They kept buying art based on two rules: it has to be affordable and fit in their one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
Within these limitations, the Vogels proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.
Thirty years later, their collection had grown to more than 2,000 works, all packed into their small apartment in NYC. Little did we know their contemporary art collection had become one of the most significant in history.
In 1992, the Vogels transferred their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art (NGA)in Washington DC, the majority of works as a gift. This move made headlines, yet the Vogels remained as always, unaffected. To this day, they have never sold a work of art for profit.
HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 provides a unique chronicle of the world of contemporary art from two unlikely collectors, whose shared passion and discipline defy stereotypes and redefines what it means to be a patron of the arts.
Featuring Artwork By:
Robert Barry / Lynda Benglis / Christo and Jeanne-Claude / Charles Clough / Martin Johnson / Mark KostabiPat Steir / Lawrence Weiner / Peter Campus / Claudia Demonte / Lois Dodd / Dan Graham / Jene HighsteinTom Holland / Steve Keister / Ronnie Landfield / Sol Lewitt / Robert Mangold / Takashi Murakami Joseph Nechvatal / Nam June Paik / Lucio Pozzi / Peter Schuyff / Cindy Sherman / Lynn Umlauf
This event sponsored in part by Forward.