In the early 1960s a librarian and a postal worker fell in love and married. They loved art and began to collect what they could afford, living on her salary, buying with his. At the time what they bought was modern and conceptual art. It was cheap and many of the artists were starving. Now the artists are household names and the librarian and the postal worker own one of the largest and most important collections in the world. And they still live in their one-bedroom, rent controlled Manhattan apartment.
"We never realized something was going to become important...we never thought of that." Dorothy Vogel
Megumi Sasaki tells the inspiring story of this couple in Herb and Dorothy. The film has garnered a number of awards, including winner of the "Audience Award" at the Hamptons Film Festival, and winner of the "Best Documentary" award at Provincetown Film Festival.
A portion of their collection was recently in Portland as part of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States Projects, which distributes their vast collection across the country for all to enjoy.
*quote by Patrick Mimran