August 3-4: Weekend Film Screenings (“Herb & Dorothy”)« Back to Events
On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. daily the now-classic documentary, Herb & Dorothy, will be screened in the Museum’s East Wing upstairs theater for members and visitors to enjoy (free with membership or regular museum admission). This documentary takes viewers into the lives of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a couple who amassed a collection of modern art that would have made a Medici proud. With appearances by Chuck Close, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Sol LeWitt and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this film illustrates the obsessiveness and wonder of collecting art.
More details from herbanddorothy.com:
It all began in a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. A world-class contemporary art collection built by a postal clerk and a librarian that outgrew its modest home, has now spread throughout America. HERB & DOROTHY 50X50, a follow-up to the award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY, tells the story of a remarkable new chapter in the life of the legendary art collecting couple, Herb and Dorothy Vogel, through their historical gift project, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States.
Sixteen years after Herb and Dorothy transferred their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art, the number of works had doubled to over 4,000. The Gallery, one of the largest art institutions in the country and where the Vogel collection was supposed to find its permanent home, found that the abundance of work was more than they can handle. And so the national gift project, which will distribute 50 works to each of the 50 states, was launched as a creative, and unprecedented solution.
The story of the 50X50 gift project, one of the largest and the most significant philanthropic projects in American art history, is not just about the values of art collecting. It also reflects the far reaching impact of the Vogels humanitarian work, and the power of experimenting with a democratic process in the art world.
Our new film will explore the outsized impact that these former civil servants are still having on the American art world. HERB & DOROTHY and the gift they’ve left the country are a reminder that art should never be limited to the elite few, but equally accessible to every one of us. Continue reading here.