From the Eye Straight Down to the Soul Film series: Herb & Dorothy 50 x 50 Curated and moderated by Griffin’s Adjunct Curator Dr. Karen Tam, followed by Q & A with Director Megumi Sasaki
March 20, 2022
50 works of art to 50 states. 2500 extraordinary gifts from one ordinary couple.
A follow up to award-winning documentary ‘Herb & Dorothy’, the film captures an ordinary couple’s extraordinary gift of art to the nation as they close the door on their life as collectors. When Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a retired postal clerk and librarian, began collecting works of contemporary art in the 1960s, they never imagined it would outgrow their one bedroom Manhattan apartment and spread throughout America. 50 years later, the collection is nearly 5,000 pieces and worth millions. Refusing to sell, the couple launches an unprecedented gift project giving artworks to one museum in all 50 states. The film journeys around the country with the Vogels, meeting artists who are famous or unknown, often controversial, striking today’s society with questions about art and its survival.
After the film screening, we will be joined by Herb & Dorothy director Megumi Sasaki for a live Q&A.