Join Dia:Beacon, 4th Wall Productions, and The Beacon Theatre for a special presentation of Herb and Dorothy
, a multi-award winning documentary film about the extraordinary true story of how one couple built a world-class art collection with modest means and an ingenious eye. A panel discussion and reception amidst works by some of the renowned artists featured in the film will immediately follow the screening.
Screening of Herb and Dorothy
Location: Lower Level Galleries
Panel discussion on the Art of Collecting Art, featuring Herb and Dorothy Vogel, moderated by David Majzlin, who wrote the score for the movie, with artist Charles Clough, and Jack Cowart, Executive Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, and filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. The panel will be introduced by Dia:Beacon Managing Director Susan Sayre Batton.
Location: Warhol Gallery
Reception and refreshments provided by Fresh Company
Location: Flavin Gallery
For tickets, please visit thebeacontheatre.org/freezeframe.html
HERB & DOROTHY recounts the remarkable story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who used their modest earnings and discerning eyes to amass one of the most significant contemporary art collections in existence today. Living only on Dorothy’s paycheck and using Herb’s income for art, the two began purchasing works from little known artists in the early 1960s, a period when marginal attention was paid to Minimalism and Conceptual Art. They selected pieces based not only on their aesthetic value, but also on two self-imposed principles: the art had to be small enough to fit in their compact one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, and it had to be affordable. After 30 years of collecting and befriending future world-renowned artists, the Vogels accumulated over 2,000 works from the likes of 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.
In 1992, the Vogels donated the vast majority of their collection, worth millions of dollars today, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Vogels never sold a single artwork. At present, Herb and Dorothy live in the same tiny New York apartment, now filled with 19 turtles, countless fish, one cat and a fresh art collection.
HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. It has also received Audience Awards from the 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival and the 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest. Palm Springs International Film Festival named HERB & DOROTHY one of their "Best of Fest" films in 2009.
For more information on the film, please visit http://www.herbanddorothy.com