Event Details

HERB & DOROTHY 50X50

Time: October 8, 2013 to October 10, 2013
Location: Downtown Independent
Event Type: screening, documentary
Organized By: Downtown Independent
Latest Activity: Oct 5, 2013

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Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki's award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50captures the last chapter of the Vogel's extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today's society.

In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states.

This came sixteen years after the Vogels had transferred their entire collection to NGA, the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. During those years at the NGA, the collection had grown to nearly 5,000 pieces, too large for any one museum to contain. As a solution, a national gift project titled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States was conceived. Though their collection was now worth millions of dollars, the couple did not sell a single piece, instead giving fifty works to one museum in every state. Having worked their whole lives as civil servants, their wish was to give back to the people of the United States.

One year ago, on July 22, 2012, Dorothy declared their collection closed after the passing of her husband Herb. Dorothy works to create a living tribute to their partnership, the collection they created together, and the overwhelmingly positive legacy they have left on the American art world for generations to come.

SHOWTIMES Sept. 27th-Oct. 10th (Please check back soon for more showtimes)

Fri, Sep. 27th: 1:00, 5:00, *7:00, 9:00
*This screening will be followed by a special Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki*
Sat, Sep. 28th: 1:00*, 3:00
*This screening will be followed by a special Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki*
Sun, Sep. 29th: 5:30, 7:30
Mon & Tue, Sep 30th-Oct 1st: 5:00, 7:00
Wed, Oct 2nd: 4:00, 6:00
Thu, Oct 3rd: 6:30

Encore Showings
Tue, Oct. 8: 7:00pm
Wed, Oct. 9: 5:00pm
Thu, Oct. 10: 3:30pm

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