|Early on. . . Herbert and Dorothy Vogel at the University of Michigan in 1978|
Students in the Art of Collecting course this past spring will recall watching a portion of a video "Herb & Dorothy," a 2009 film about Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a married couple who began collecting in the early 1960s. They focused their attention on contemporary art, particularly conceptual and minimalist art. Think of straight lines, clean aesthetic, and acute color. At the time, AbEx and Pop were regarded much more highly (and thus were demanding higher prices). They attended art openings, met with artists, and became known simply as “Herb and Dorothy."
There are lots of collectors the world over. And, this year 2012, our department's focus on "The Year of the Collector" pays heed to such individuals who so generously share their works with broader audiences. First, and foremost, our own Dorothy (Jacobs) and the late Dr. Donald Jacobs who have shared their collection with us since 2002 (note: we'll have a 10th anniversary show this coming fall!); June Daves McCandless (thank you, Hannah for installing the Spring 2012 exhibition from her collection in our WAB foyer); John and Luanne Milward whose exhibition "A Passionate Pursuit: The Milward Collection" was on view in our Wilson Gallery this past spring; and our upcoming exhibition with collectors Warren and Julie Payne. For them, we are grateful.
|Herb and Dorothy, in their home.|
Thank you for your generosity, Herb and Dorothy. And, Megumi Sasaki and Team Herb & Dorthy, who made the first film about the pair, and through their Kickstarter fund, were able to fund a second project. And, that dream lives on. The follow-up will be released as scheduled this fall. For Herb. Click here.
|Herb and Dorothy at "The Gates" in Central Park, 2005|
For more info, click here:
- The Washington Post article about Herb's passing on July 22.
- A PBS link with trailers and clips.
- Learn more about the Vogels and their donations--one to each state in the US!
- Follow the twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/herbanddorothy
- Darrell Kincer's earlier post about this movie.