SFS Talkies @ TAH: Herb and Dorothy
||You don't have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. The incredible story of a postal worker and a librarian who built a world-class art collection.
||23 November 2013 (Saturday) - 24 November 2013 (Sunday), 2pm
||The Arts House
The Arts House
1 Old Parliament Lane
$12 for general public
$10 for students and senior citizens
$8.50 if you present SFS Membership / SFS Reel Card. Each SFS membership card allows you to buy a maximum of 2 discounted tickets.
Non-members may sign up at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot.
Herb & Dorothy (double screening)
We are pleased to announce a double screening of Herb & Dorothy at The Arts House (TAH).This film is co-presented by SFS Talkies, The Art House and A Craft Initiative. We will be hosting a short discussion at the end of each screening.
Director: MEGUMI SASAKI
Cast: Herbert Vogel, Dorothy Vogel, Christo and Jeanne-Claude
2009/USA/ 87 min/ Documentary/ English
HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they 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.
After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment. "Not even a toothpick could be squeezed into the apartment," recalls Dorothy. In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The vast majority of their collection was given as a gift to the institution. Many of the works they acquired appreciated so significantly over the years that their collection today is worth millions of dollars. Still, the Vogels never sold a single piece. Today Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat. They've refilled it with piles of new art they've acquired.
About the Director:
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.